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Jagr Remains Hospitalized

Pittsburgh Penguins star Jaromir Jagr remained hospitalized Saturday after having a buildup of blood surgically removed from his left thigh.

Jagr, the NHL scoring leader, is "doing well," according to Penguins general manager Craig Patrick. But Patrick admitted to worrying that Jagr's injury might lead to additional medical complications that could further delay his return.

"We don't anticipate that, but certainly it is a concern," Patrick said.

The prognosis is Jagr will return by the end of the season. The Penguins will likely get a better idea of how long it will take him to get back into game shape once he gets out of the hospital and resumes skating.

"The next few days, we expect he'll regain more range of motion," Patrick said between periods of the Boston Bruins-Penguins game. "But we're still not certain when he will get out of the hospital."

Jagr underwent what was termed as minor surgery Friday at UPMC Montefiore Hospital to remove a hematoma from the thigh. Jagr injured the thigh during a collision with the Sabres' Michael Peca on Feb. 16, then apparently aggravated it during the Penguins' recent four-game road trip.

Jagr hasn't played since the Penguins' 2-1 loss Monday at Tampa Bay, when he was held out of the third period with a right hamstring injury. The Penguins have said the hamstring injury isn't as serious as the thigh problem, and the two injuries apparently are not related.

Jagr did not detect the thigh injury until he awoke Wednesday morning with significant swelling in his upper leg.

The Penguins said the swelling was not a blood clot that travels through the veins, but instead was located outside the veins in a compartment of the thigh. An MRI test detected the blood buildup, and the decision was made to surgically remove it.

Jagr remains the NHL's leading scorer with 85 points despite missing eight games with injuries, including the Penguins' last three contests. He sat out four games last month with a strained rib cage muscle.

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