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Pens Lose Whitney For 3-5 Months

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.

“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,

“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.

“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”

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