New Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan certainly has his work cut out for him. Just one game into his tenure in Pittsburgh, he has lost the one of the few players who is not underachieving this season.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss one to two weeks at a minimum, reports Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It remains unclear just when or how Fleury suffered the concussion. He played the entirety of Monday's game against the Caps and complained to Sullivan and the medical staff afterwards that he did not feel right. Nothing from the game stands out as a clear moment in which he could have suffered the concussion and Sullivan indicated he did not think it happened during the game.
Now the Penguins are facing the uncertainty that comes with a concussion to a star player. Fleury has been one of the few bright spots for the Penguins this season with a 2.29 GAA and .925 save percentage. The veteran netminder has no history of concussions, but the timetable to recover from a head injury is never certain.
Whatever hope the Penguins have of turning their season around will depend largely on Fleury's ability to return and continue playing at the level with which he started the 2015-16 campaign.
Fleury's injury is the latest piece of bad news in what has been a tumultuous week for the Penguins who have seen head coach Mike Johnston fired, Pascal Dupuis retire due to blood clots and Kris Letang and Beau Bennett both suffer injuries.