Malkin avoids elbow surgery

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71), from Russia, kisses the Stanley Cup after Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the San Jose Sharks and the Penguins in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, June 12, 2016. The Penguins won 3-1 to win the series 4-2. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

PITTSBURGH (TNS) – The Penguins announced center Evgeni Malkin will not need surgery for his injured left elbow.

Malkin, who initially suffered the unspecified injury March 11, will undergo rehabilitation and is not expected to miss any playing time according to the team.

During the team’s exit interviews June 16, Malkin said he would need to undergo an MRI to determine if surgery was required.

“This is a guy that had a real serious injury that played before most guys would have played and made a contribution to the team,” said general manager Jim Rutherford. “Just shows his character. It was pretty impressive.”

The injury sidelined Malkin for 16 games including one postseason contest.