A chronic shoulder injury is likely to keep Tom Barrasso off the ice for the rest of the year, leaving Ken Wregget as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ regular goalie.
Barrasso sat out the last two weeks while undergoing treatment for what General Manager Craig Patrick called a recurring problem in his right shoulder. A new rehabilitation program will sideline him for six to eight weeks, the Penguins announced Friday.
“We’ve got to get his shoulder rehabbed properly,” Patrick said after meeting Wednesday with Barrasso and Dr. Charles Burke, the Penguins’ orthopedic surgeon. “The two weeks he’s had so far haven’t rehabilitated it enough to get him back.”
That leaves Wregget, who bumped Barrasso from the team’s No. 1 goaltending spot, facing full-time duty. He is 7-8-2 with a 2.99 goals-against average. Barrasso is 0-5, with a 5.78 goals-against average.