Paul Martin returns to practice, close to playing

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The Pittsburgh Penguins had a productive day off with several of their injured players returning to practice, including defenseman Paul Martin.

Martin has been out for nearly two months with a broken tibia, but he might return as soon as Monday.

“I want to get a couple practices under my belt and see how it feels after tomorrow and probably go from there,” Martin added, according to the Penguins’ website.

When he returns, he’s projected to play alongside Brooks Orpik. The two might also be paired up for the Winter Olympics.

In addition to Martin, Chuck Kobasew (lower body) and Jayson Megna (lower body) practiced with Pittsburgh for the first time since suffering their respective injuries. To make things more interesting, Megna was put on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.

“(Megna)’s coming back from being out a while,” coach Dan Bylsma said. “So for your first day back, to be on the right wing with Sidney Crosby, we may see other people be there as well. But he adds that speed and can add that.”

Pittsburgh will play against Florida on Monday.