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Jason Zucker Undergoes Core Muscle Surgery, Out Week-to-Week

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Jason Zucker: Courtesy of Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that winger Jason Zucker who has been in and out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, had successful core muscle surgery and will be out week to week.

Jason Zucker, 30, missed 11 games this season and left the lineup for two stints, including over the extended holiday break. In 31 games played, he hasn’t yet gotten on track with only 13 points (6-7-13). After last season, which Zucker termed awful after suffering a broken leg, the surgery is another setback in his Penguins career.

The surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.

Core muscle surgeries can vary, but several Penguins have had the surgery in recent seasons. Casey DeSmith underwent the surgery in June. He was ready by August to resume activities. Sidney Crosby had core muscle surgery on Nov. 14, 2019. He was out about six weeks.

Zucker has one more year on his contract, which carries a $5.5 million AAV.

Drew O’Connor and Teddy Blueger are also on IR or LTIR.

Zucker’s spot on the second line has been taken predominantly by Evan Rodrigues. Danton Heinen has recently filled in, too. The Pittsburgh Penguins have won five in a row and 16 of their last 18 games. They host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night before back-to-back home games on Thursday and Friday.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now Editor-in-Chief, formerly 93.7 The Fan, Sportsnet Hockey Tonight, NHL Home Ice. Catch Dan tweeting @theDanKingerski and the official @pghhockeynow account.

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Jay95
Jay95
10 months ago

That’s so odd. Like, when Zucker’s been out there he’s moving better than 90% of players in the NHL. I’d have to think that an injury like that would affect your ability to use your edges. Although, I’m guessing that it had something to do with his low shooting%

benstunner
benstunner
10 months ago

Crosby missed exactly two months from the date of his surgery until he played next

james e reuss
james e reuss
10 months ago

I imagine a goalie is going to take about a year to fully recover. Would not be surprised one bit if it is still affecting DeSmith.