Nick Bjugstad skates, Dominik Kahun hopes to play ‘really soon’

Nick Bjugstad skates, Dominik Kahun hopes to play ‘really soon’

No, Nick Bjugstad has not gone the way of Lonnie Chisenhall.

Bjugstad resumed skating on his own for the first time in nearly a month on Saturday before Penguins practice at the Lemieux Complex. Bjugstad, who has been out of the lineup since Nov. 15 after core muscle surgery, had previously resumed skating a few weeks into his rehab process, then stopped a few weeks ago and just focused on off-ice rehab.

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"It's real encouraging," Mike Sullivan said of Bjugstad. "We'll see where it goes, but that certainly indicates significant progress."

Bjugstad's rehab process has been happening slowly, and he still has several steps to take between skating on his own and returning to actual game action. In the meantime, the coaching staff is already thinking about where he will fit in when he is healthy.

"We've talked about all the options," Sullivan said. "We can use him in a center ice capacity, he could be our third-line center. We could use him on the wing, in which case we could use him anywhere. So all options are on the table."

Dominik Kahun also skated with the team for the second practice in a row as he rehabs from a concussion, still in a gray non-contact jersey. Sullivan said he’s still making progress, and the plan is to see how he responds to today’s practice before making any decisions on a timeframe for his next step, which would be practice with contact.

Overtime 11 on the Ice (2/15/2020)