Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hunwick Returns from Concussion

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hunwick Returns from Concussion

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EDMONTON, Alberta - It's probably safe to say this concussion has been unlike the other two Matt Hunwick has experienced in his career.

When Hunwick returned to practice for Wednesday's morning skate at Rogers Place in advance of a game against the Edmonton Oilers, it marked the first time Hunwick was around his teammates in a practice setting since Oct. 16.

"I feel good," Hunwick said. "It feels nice to be back with the group. In terms of how close, still day-to-day at this point. I'm not cleared for contact. It's just practice until I'm told otherwise."

The trick here is that Hunwick's concussion symptoms presented at an odd time.

After practicing and flying to Manhattan for a game against the Rangers, Hunwick informed Penguins team doctors on Oct. 17 that he was feeling symptoms.

They subsequently sent Hunwick back to Pittsburgh.

It's not known what exactly caused Hunwick's concussion.

"Past concussions I've had have been more direct impact," Hunwick said. "You know exactly when they've happened, right away you diagnose it and move on from there. Definitely unique in that regard. Glad we kind of spotted it when we did and took the right steps to get me where I'm at right now."

Hunwick has been skating on his own for the past week-plus, flew by himself to Edmonton and went through a brisk, hourlong workout.

Missing seven games - plus at least the eighth Wednesday - is more than Hunwick, who leads the Penguins in short-handed ice time for defensemen at 3 minutes, 20 seconds, would have liked and probably more than he expected when this first happened.

Nothing he could do, though, as symptoms persisted longer than expected.

"Couple weeks, at least, it seems like," Hunwick responded when asked how long it has taken for his symptoms to go away. "I wouldn't be here if they weren't gone, but I would've been here a lot earlier if they would've subsided quicker. Pretty much the entire time I was out I had some type of symptom."

LINEUP CHANGES MADE

The Penguins sported a new look Wednesday against the Oilers.

Josh Archibald replaced Carl Hagelin, seeing his first NHL action of the season, and Frank Corrado did likewise on the back end in place of Zach Trotman. …

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