When the Pittsburgh Penguins signed Eric Fehr, the biggest question everyone had was about his health. When would we see him in a Pens jersey for the first time?
Jim Rutherford joined the morning show on 93.7 The Fan this morning and the first thing he pointed out is that there is no rush to get Fehr back on the ice. They knew when signing him that they likely wouldn’t have him for the start of the season and it’s not much of a concern considering the depth that this team has on offense.
Rutherford also mentioned that Fehr had a visit with the surgeon last week and as it looks right now, he’s on schedule for the four-month recovery period that was anticipated. If that is indeed the case, I’d assume we’ll see him on the ice in late October taking contact and then an early to mid-November return to game action. Of course, that all depends on his recovery staying the course over the next two months.
The good news is that after seeing the surgeon last week, Fehr is now cleared to stick handle and shoot the puck. That’s a good sign that his elbow is nearing full-strength and will be a boost for his offseason preparation for obvious reasons.
There’s no question that Fehr will start the season in the press box and the Pittsburgh Penguins will rely on Nick Bonino to anchor the third line with what sounds like Pascal Dupuis on his right. There will definitely be some shuffling to the bottom-six upon Fehr’s return but it will depend highly on how this group meshes. I recently wrote about why Fehr is likely a better fit on the right-wing with Bonino at center and it’s starting to look like that will be the case once he’s healthy.
With early rumors of Fehr not returning until January, it’s great to see that he’s recovering well and his timeline is still four months from June 3rd.