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UPDATE On Simon Despres 1/30

Monday, January 30, 2012
WBS Penguins fans could be seeing #47 back at the Mohegan Sun Arena soon.

While most Penguins fans are interested in the return of Sidney Crosby to the ice at the Consol Energy Center, I took note that defenseman Simon Despres took to the ice in full gear this afternoon along with injured forward Jordan Staal.

Despres, who sprained his MCL back on January 10th vs. the Ottawa Senators, was placed on the IR with an original timetable of 2 to 4 weeks before returning to action. Well, three weeks into that and Despres is back on the ice today for the first time since the injury, skating with Pittsburgh's strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar.

Despres took part in approximately a 30 minute on-ice workout according to Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dave Molinari. Since the Penguins don't allow injured players to talk to the media until they have practiced with the team, there is no set timetable for Despres to return to game action just yet.

That could change if Despres practices with the team today, which is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST.

I would imagine that when he is ready to play that Despres will be re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins (AHL).  Despres was originally named a starter for tonight's AHL all-star game but the injury he suffered earlier this month has prevented him from joining teammate Colin McDonald in the festivities.

Here's to hoping for a full and speedy recovery for one of the organization's top prospects.

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