Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik has hernia surgery, rehab to take 6-8 weeks

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik had hernia surgery Thursday and is expected to be back in time for the start of the 2011-12 regular season.

The 30-year-old Orpik had a similar surgery on his left side last year. Dr. Lawrence Biskin operated on Orpik, who will need six to eight weeks to recover.

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Orpik had one goal and 12 assists in 63 games for the Penguins in 2010-11. His plus-12 plus/minus ratio ranked third best among Pittsburgh defenders.