Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bennett Returns ... to AHL Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bennett Returns ... to AHL Team

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Winger Beau Bennett has recovered sufficiently from a hand/wrist injury to play today, but it won't be with the Penguins. He will play with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on a conditioning assignment that coach Dan Bylsma said will last "a few games."

That's fine with Bennett, who has been out since late November. He had surgery, and then had a setback in February.

"I'm just excited to play some games and get back into some action," Bennett said Friday after practicing with the Penguins at Southpointe. "It's been a long time coming."

Bennett has been skating for some time, on his own, then in a limited capacity with the team and, finally, with full clearance for contact the past several days.

"My legs feel as good as they've ever felt," he said. "I've never had three months of just 'bag skating.'

"Hands are coming along. My shot is not where I want it to be, but I still feel pretty comfortable [on the ice]."

Wilkes-Barre plays tonight at home against Utica, and Sunday at Albany.

Letang update

Although he is practicing with the Penguins with no limitations, and looking strong while doing it, defenseman Kris Letang does not foresee an imminent return to the lineup.

"There are still some days I don't feel quite right," said Letang, who had a stroke Jan. 29. "I just happen to be enjoying some practices, getting back into a rhythm with my teammates. It's been fun. It's something I was missing.

"On the ice, it's fine. It's more outside the ice that it's a problem."

He added that he's "trying to get into game shape."

Friday, among other drills, he practiced with a top penalty- killing unit but not on the power play.

Letang is in touch with doctors every day. While he's not sure when he might play, he has no fear about exertion.

"It happened in my bathroom, so it could happen anywhere," he said of the stroke. …

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