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Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek undergoes hip surgery

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PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 10: Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates with the puck against the Ottawa Senators on January 10, 2012 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

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Marc-Andre Fleury probably gets the biggest amount of blame for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ugly quarterfinals loss against the Philadelphia Flyers, but their defense had some egg on their faces too. Zbynek Michalek’s been a disappointment since signing from the Phoenix Coyotes in the summer of 2011 (though not as much as Paul Martin), yet a cleaner bill of health might help him bounce back.

The team reports that he underwent hip surgery today. The Penguins believe that Michalek should be ready to participate in training camp.

Michalek’s contract carries a $4 million cap hit for two more seasons.