Quotes from MT re: Whit's injury:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We heard last year and he had to finish the year with his injury. Unfortunately, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not going to be able to start the season with us, but I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good thing that they were able to find what was going on with his foot. They tried different things. Our medical staff, with Ryan, decided the only way for him to get better this year Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and the future Ã¢â‚¬â€œ was to have that operation. We support that. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be ready in November or December, somewhere around there. Yes, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to miss him, but in the meantime, we faced so many injuries last year that this is not something brand new for us. It gives a good opportunity to different players to show what they are capable of doing.Ã¢â‚¬ï¿¾
What a crazy scenario. MT & the Pens knew Whit was injured (obviously knew that he wasn't risking permanent damage) and participated in the process to try rehabilitation and ultimately surgery.
Well, I guess it isn't so crazy since it was all spelled out in the original Trib article.
Also, MT gave Orpik props for finally demonstrating positional integrity:
But, what I really like about Brooks, especially toward the end of the year, is that he was always in the right position.