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Michalek has hip surgery - 05-09-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

This might explain some of the issues on the Penguins' blue line.

Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek underwent hip surgery today according to a release from the Penguins. He is exected to be ready for the start of training camp.

According to Czech news site iSport.cz, Michalek declined an offer to play for the Czech Republic in the IIHF World Championships due to the ailment.

Michalek, 29, appeared in 62 games this season and scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists). He led the team with 144 blocked shots. Michalek played in six postseason games and recorded one assist.

A free agent signing in 2010, Michalek has three years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4 million.

EN Says: If you're of the school of thought that the Penguins should try to move Michalek this summer, this certainly won't help his trade value.

(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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