Jake Guentzel’s rehab from shoulder surgery is “going well,” per Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford

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The NHL’s pause in the regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic could provide Guentzel with an opportunity to return action.

Guentzel underwent shoulder surgery on New Year’s Eve and the Penguins initially projected he would miss four-to-six months.

“He’s at the point that he’ll return home and continue to rehab on his own,” Rutherford said in a conference call on Wednesday. “All the reports that I have, there haven’t been any setbacks at this point.” On the potential that Guentzel will be ready to play if NHL play resumes, Rutherford said, “I would expect that, knowing Jake Guentzel, that he’s going to be ready.” It’s still unclear when the NHL might resume play, but the playoffs may go into August if teams get back on the ice to try to complete the 2019-20 season.