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Penguins captain Crosby (wrist) to miss opener

DKPittsburghSports.com 11 October, 2021 - 09:35pm

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Tuesday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he told Steve Levy in an interview that aired on Monday Night Football.

Crosby, 34, made the trip to Tampa Bay and has begun practicing with the team, but he is still recovering from surgery on his left wrist that he underwent in early September. The initial timetable for Crosby's return was six weeks.

"I won't be in unfortunately," Crosby said. "But ... getting better, getting closer. Hopefully soon."

When asked when he would be back, Crosby said, "It's hard to say. Hopefully a week or two. We'll see how things progress here."

The Penguins are going to be short-handed against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Center Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss the first two months of the season as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

This will be the first Penguins opener without both Crosby and Malkin since 2003. Malkin is entering the final year of his contract.

Pittsburgh will also be without two other important forwards: Jake Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese. Both players tested positive for COVID-19 during training camp. While they have cleared protocols, they are not yet ready to join the team on the ice.

Crosby led the Penguins last year with 62 points in 55 games. Guentzel was second on the team with 57 points in 56 games. Malkin was limited to just 33 games last season, missing six weeks after a collision with Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi on March 16.

The Penguins acquired 36-year-old Jeff Carter from the Kings last season, and he will be elevated to top-line center with Crosby and Malkin out.

Penguins captain Crosby (wrist) to miss opener

prohockeyrumors.com 11 October, 2021 - 09:35pm

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not play in Tuesday's season opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning, he told Steve Levy in an interview that aired on Monday Night Football.

Crosby, 34, made the trip to Tampa Bay and has begun practicing with the team, but he is still recovering from surgery on his left wrist that he underwent in early September. The initial timetable for Crosby's return was six weeks.

"I won't be in unfortunately," Crosby said. "But ... getting better, getting closer. Hopefully soon."

When asked when he would be back, Crosby said, "It's hard to say. Hopefully a week or two. We'll see how things progress here."

The Penguins are going to be short-handed against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Center Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss the first two months of the season as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

This will be the first Penguins opener without both Crosby and Malkin since 2003. Malkin is entering the final year of his contract.

Pittsburgh will also be without two other important forwards: Jake Guentzel and Zach Aston-Reese. Both players tested positive for COVID-19 during training camp. While they have cleared protocols, they are not yet ready to join the team on the ice.

Crosby led the Penguins last year with 62 points in 55 games. Guentzel was second on the team with 57 points in 56 games. Malkin was limited to just 33 games last season, missing six weeks after a collision with Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi on March 16.

The Penguins acquired 36-year-old Jeff Carter from the Kings last season, and he will be elevated to top-line center with Crosby and Malkin out.

Report: Penguins likely to sign Brian Boyle

PensBurgh 11 October, 2021 - 09:22am

Boyle is currently on a professional tryout with the team.

The news of Boyle’s likely signing was reported Monday by Pierre Lebrun.

All signs point toward Brian Boyle (on PTO) signing officially with the Penguins on Tuesday@TSNHockey @TheAthletic

Boyle, now 36-years-old, did not play in the NHL last season, but in the 2019-20 season, he scored 15 points in 39 games for the Florida Panthers.

The 6’6” forward would give the Penguins some much-needed center depth, even if in the short term while both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin recover from their respective injuries.

Expected terms of Boyle’s contract with the Penguins haven’t been reported, but one would imagine that it’s likely a 1-year-deal only at a very low cost, perhaps even at league minimum.

The Penguins will kick off the NHL season tomorrow night when they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Pens Points: Now it Counts

PensBurgh 11 October, 2021 - 05:00am

Monday is regular season eve and Pens Points is here to help get your day started.

Preseason hockey is over and now it’s time for the real thing. With the regular season on the horizon, time is running out for pundits to squeeze in their predictions. For those that have, they seem to believe the Penguins are a middle of the pack team. [Pensburgh]

Saturday saw the Penguins cut another two players from training camp to reduce the roster down to 27 players. Juuso Riikola and Michael Chaput were both demoted to the AHL where they will join Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. [Pensburgh]

One of the most noticeable players during training camp was offseason acquisition Danton Heinen. He was an under the radar signing at the time, but he made the most of his preseason opportunity and made his impact felt throughout. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Saturday was not a good final impression for defenseman Mark Friedman who was ejected from the game for spearing. On top of the ejection, Friedman was fined for his actions but ultimately avoided any further discipline. [TSN]

While fans were hoping for wholesale changes at the goalie position this offseason, Ron Hextall and the Penguins front office went a different direction. Hextall held onto Tristan Jarry as the starter and instead made some behind the scenes moves. [Trib Live]

In a welcome surprise for both the Penguins and the fan base, Sidney Crosby was cleared to practice with his teammates for the first time since wrist surgery in early September. His status for Tuesday night’s opener remains unclear. [ESPN]

Saturday night was a final tune up for the Penguins and the final opportunity for bubble players to make an impact before the final round of cuts. For Chad Ruhwedel and Mark Friedman, the story of the game could spell their fortunes. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

There’s more than just the Penguins to watch this season, with 31 other teams spread out across North America. While any hockey is good hockey, some styles are easier to enjoy than others. Here’s how all 32 teams stack up in terms of watching them. [Yahoo! Sports]

Before everything gets serious this week, the New York Rangers took care of some business with one of their top players. Mika Zibanejad and the Rangers agreed to an eight year contract extension that will keep him in the Big Apple long term. [NHL]

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