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Penguins still uncertain how long LeClair will be out

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins still don't know how
long forward John LeClair will be out after breaking several bones
in his right cheekbone during a practice mishap.

LeClair was struck by a puck just below his right eye during the
Penguins' pregame skate Saturday in Boston, before the third game
of a five-game road trip.
LeClair returned to Pittsburgh, where doctors determined he does
not need surgery. But until the swelling goes down in LeClair's
face, the team can't estimate how long he will be out.
"Officially, he's still out indefinitely," team spokesman
Keith Wehner said Wednesday, before the Penguins played in Atlanta.
The 36-year-old LeClair got off to a slow start after signing
with Pittsburgh this season, but had four goals in four games
before getting hurt. He has five goals and five assists in 13
games.
LeClair was the second Penguins player to be hurt during a
pregame skate this season. Goaltender Jocelyn Thibault was hit in
the left knee by a puck before the home opener Oct. 8 and, partly
because of the 12-day layoff, hasn't reclaimed the starting job
from Sebastien Caron.