PITTSBURGH PA - FEBRUARY 04: Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lies injured on the ice during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Consol Energy Center on February 4 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated Buffalo 3-2. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Head coach Dan Bylsma told the media that Evgeni Malkin has a torn ACL and MCL.
"Evgeni Malkin had an MRI this morning. The results show that he has a torn MCL and a torn ACL. At this point in time we are discussing options with the doctors on what to do next.
"This is a difficult injury for him. It was kind of a fluke situation going into the boards with a guy. That's a tough injury for Geno. We have dealt with games without him. We've managed to find our way without him. That's what we're going to have to look at now.
"We're discussing options with our doctor. Surgery is a possibility. I'm not sure if there is a rehab possibility. But right now I just got the news on the MRI."
Tough times for the Penguins, but I don't think the Washington Capitals (nor any other team) will be feeling sorry for them.
Should Malkin miss significant time and be placed on LTIR it could free up a lot of room for Ray Shero to make an acquisition at the deadline, should he feel the need to make a move...That should bear watching.
But for now, get well soon Geno.