Pens' Eaton has cast removed, return still uncertain

PITTSBURGH -- Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton has had the
cast removed from his surgically repaired left wrist.

But it may be another six weeks before he returns to the ice.

Eaton says he needs that time to regain the range of motion and
his strength.

Eaton was injured during the Nov. 4 game at San Jose when
he was boarded by Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo in the first
minute of a 3-2 loss.

At the time, Eaton was leading the team with 36 blocked shots in
11 games.

Eaton is looking at possibly returning to the lineup for the
Feb. 1 home game against Montreal.