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Malkin to continue rehab program for shoulder, get re-evaluated in two weeks

The Russian forward was injured during a Sept. 20 pre-season game in Moncton, N.B., and has been working his way back since. The Penguins have yet to pinpoint a probable return date for Malkin, considered the best player in the world not in the NHL last year.

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Initial diagnosis said he could be out as long as six weeks, leaving him on the sidelines until early November, but Friday’s news suggests he could be back sooner.