Penguins still uncertain how long LeClair will be out

Updated: November 10, 2005, 6:54 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

John LeClair

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.

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