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Pens’ Maatta could miss weeks, no update on Crosby yet

Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins grabs the puck in front of teammate Olli Maatta #3 during an NHL game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on October 26, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Penguins 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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Mumps or not, it doesn’t sound like Sidney Crosby will be out much longer for the Pittsburgh Penguins, even if he’s missing tonight’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The same cannot be said for defenseman Olli Maatta, however.

The Penguins released two updates regarding the 20-year-old blueliner on Saturday, noting that he’s still undergoing testing and seeking a second opinion on an upper-body injury that has him on IR. He could be out “weeks.”

It’s been a trying season for Maatta, to say the least.

He had a cancerous tumor removed via surgery earlier this season and managed to come back much earlier than expected. He then got injured once again last weekend, leaving many worried about his outlook for at least the short-term future.

The waiting game also continues with Crosby, as the team didn’t provide an update (aside from there being no update).

With Kris Letang and Patric Hornqvist back in the mix, the Penguins are getting healthier. That doesn’t mean they’re at full strength yet, though.

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