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Casey DeSmith undergoes surgery to repair core muscle

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DeSmith’s expected recovery time is 6-8 weeks.

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Casey DeSmith has gone through surgery to repair the injury that kept him out of the lineup down the final stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs.

The Penguins announced Thursday evening that DeSmith had surgery to repair an injury sustained to one of his core muscles.

The team says that DeSmith’s expected recovery time is 6 to 8 weeks, meaning that barring any setbacks, he should not be held out of any training camp activities or the start of the 2021-22 season when it kicks off in the fall.

DeSmith played well for the team this past season, with an 11-7 record, while posting a .912 save percentage.

Many questions came up throughout the postseason, centered around whether DeSmith would be healthy enough to play, and if he were healthy enough, would head coach Mike Sullivan have gone to DeSmith as Tristan Jarry struggled.

If healthy, one has to think that Sullivan would’ve given him a chance when Jarry’s struggles were costing the Penguins games.