Penguins’ Maatta skates week after surgery for tumour
Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Olli Maatta (3) receives congratulations from teammates after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
Defenceman Olli Maatta of the Pittsburgh Penguins was back on the ice in full gear on Tuesday, seven days after having a potentially cancerous tumor removed from his thyroid gland.
However, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said he was not ready to alter the four-week schedule doctors set for Maatta’s return at the time of the surgery.
“We’ll see what happens as far as a timeline goes for him participating with the whole team, but it really is amazing how he handles things,” Johnston said.
“I just think for a young kid it’s more the mental side of things, how mature he is and how he’s able to deal with issues like that.”
Maatta skated on his own and did not take part in any team drills during the workout.