Pens DeSmith has surgery, expect full recovery by training camp

Goalie missed the playoffs and struggled at the end of the season
Casey DeSmith close up with mask on
Casey DeSmith Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – He didn’t play in the Islanders series but indirectly a reason they didn’t advance in the playoffs. Pens goalie Casey DeSmith underwent successful ‘bilateral core muscle injury repair’ on Thursday.

The 29-year-old goalie was 11-7 in 20 games this season, however the injury happened right before the playoffs and DeSmith wasn’t available as Tristan Jarry struggled.  DeSmith had a team best .912 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average.

You wonder if DeSmith was dealing with the injury for a longer period-of-time.  In his last six games, only once did he have a save percentage above .900.  He gave up 23 goals over those half-dozen contests.

Pens said in a news release the surgery performed in Philadelphia with a recovery time of 6-8 weeks.