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Fehr Has Shoulder Surgery

There's a chance that Eric Fehr won't be ready for the start of training camp, I'm hearing. The right wing had surgery on both of his shoulders two weeks ago -- the result of separate injuries he suffered during the regular season and playoffs -- and is expected to miss anywhere from three to six months.

The team is hopeful that Fehr's recovery will be quick and that he'll be ready to get back on the ice before September. But there's no guarantee that will happen.

The surgery was to repair a torn labrum in each shoulder.

I'm also hearing that center David Steckel had surgery to straighten out a previously broken finger. That, however, was considered to be a minor procedure.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 3, 2009; 12:39 PM ET
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Posted by: Section117 | June 3, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I heard it was his middle finger. Couldn't get it up for a straight eff yew.

Posted by: WhyGo | June 3, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, guys!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 3, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

This sounds bad, but I am glad to here that Fehr had shoulder issues. I had high expectations for him this season and he did not mean them. Hopefully next year he is healthy and can fulfill his potential. We are going to need him too because I really doubt that GMGM is going to get a top winger and Fehr will be playing on the 2nd line and will get a shot on the PP.

Posted by: caps512 | June 3, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Jeez, surgery on both shoulders! As much as that must have sucked to play with, I appreciate the dedication of all our players to push through their injuries as much as possible.

Posted by: mrszilla | June 3, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Fehr was on the radio with John Walton in game 1 of the Bears finals and said the surgeries went well and he expects to spend the summer rehabbing.

Bears morning update from Tim Leone:

Posted by: tess2201 | June 3, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

hahaha. That or he sprained it during the Pens' series. Both of mine were a little sore during that series.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"There's a chance that Eric Fehr won't not be ready for the start of training camp, I'm hearing."

Won't not?

Posted by: ArlingtonVA3 | June 3, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Some interesting Ted comments which I totally agree (LUV HIM AS AN OWWNER for sure):

(re: tough defensman) * I think this need is a bit of a cliche and group think -- I think our biggest need is bigger more mobile centers

(re: celebrating 35th anniversary next yr)* I like paying homage to our past-- but we have never won a Cup-- that is what we are missing.

(re: ticket sales to opposing fans)* Who cares?:-). I don't care-- just want to be good and right by our fans-- thought people made a mountain out of a molehill; thanks for agreeing with our policy-- only people that complained were not our fans:-).

(re: using injury as an excuse)* Never complain-- never explain. Pens beat us fair and square-- we know what we have to do to improve-- we played them very well; a break here or there and we move on-- they are a little ahead of us in rebuild--

Posted by: Rocc00 | June 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

mobile centers....sure. especially centers that can help in the neutral zone and on the boards. but the d-man would also help.

Posted by: doughless | June 3, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

This the Wild owner interviewing a kid for the coaching vacancy. Got to the one-minute mark. This is great.

"About $2-3,000 to be coach."

Posted by: saintex | June 3, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused. Fehr "won't not be ready"? I'm hearing that's a minor grammatical error.
- Tarik's copy editor wannabe

Posted by: BigMogilny | June 3, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

That's go to the one-minute mark to watch from there.

Posted by: saintex | June 3, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Steckel's finger is so mangled that its worthless. Its remarkably gruesome.

Poor Fehr. Kid just cannot catch a break. First a near-career-ending back injury, and now double shoulder surgery, Ouch!

Posted by: RedBirdie | June 3, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse


"Personally, I think it was Pittsburgh's innovative "six men on the ice" strategy that turned the tide."

Posted by: mrszilla | June 3, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I wish our guys would not continue to play through injuries that negatively affect their performance. Obviously Fehr was hurt and it affected his performance. He could have gotten that fixed and we could have called up someone to be productive while he healed, and he could have come back healthy.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | June 3, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Fehr will get plenty of healing rest this summer and not rush back too soon.

Posted by: pstenigma | June 3, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

First off, a "Mobile Center" is not our area of biggest need. To say Backstrom, Federov and Steckle are not mobile centers thats ludicris. What we really need is a big d-man in the mold of Stevens, Hatcher or Witt (one of my personal fav's) a guy who will intimidate opposing wingers and centers. One of them to go along with Alzner, Green, Poti, and Shultz, would be great. Get rid of Morrison!!!!!! He single handedly brought the Pen's back into the series by taking dumb penalties.

Fehr, there is a reason that he rode the bench for last season, and parts of this season...OVERRATED!!!! If he were that good he would have contributed more with the guys on his line.

We need a big bodied Winger to compliment Ovie and also we need to develop a Crash the net mentality in all of our lines, not just 2 of them. Thats what will give us a championship!!!!!!

Posted by: pstylee | June 4, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

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