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Latest updates on Crosby, Malkin, Letang and Kunitz.

Some quick hits from the Penguins’ practice at Consol Energy Center on Monday:

= C SIDNEY CROSBY spoke for nearly 10 minutes, confirming reports — – that he will not play in the All-Star Game this weekend. “People say mild concussion, but I don’t know that there really is such thing,” he said. “The good thing is the past 4 to 5 days have been pretty good, but that’s not to say symptoms won’t come back.” Some notable remarks from his media scrum:

* He said his symptoms are down to headaches. “There’s never really a consistent cause,” he said. “That’s the tough part. … They kind of come and go.” Crosby said the recent headaches “haven’t been as intense.”

* He said he neck has “gotten a lot better.” “Whiplash was probably the best way to describe it,” he said of the neck, adding there was no damage to his cervical discs.

* He said he has had no trouble sleeping, but described the recent weeks as “brutal.” “The biggest things are the things you take for granted… just being able to drive is a good step,” he said.

* He said the NHL has not asked him to attend the All-Star Game weekend at Carolina, and that league officials have stressed his recovery should be top priority. “They’ve been great,” he said, adding that former player turned league official BRENDAN SHANAHAN has been in constant contact with him. The advice from Shanahan, who had concussions as a player: ”Just be patient with it, and just hearing that with him was pretty good.” 

* Finally, Crosby said he remains unable to physically exert himself and he has no timetable for a return.

Video of Crosby’s scrum will soon be up on the web site:

= C EVGENI MALKIN is not expected to play Tuesday at home against the NY Islanders, but coach DAN BYLSMA said the team has not made a final decision as to whether Malkin will play in the All-Star Game. That will be a joint decision between Bylsma, GM RAY SHERO, Malkin and team doctors. The Penguins believe chances of Malkin (left knee) play in the ASG are very slim. He was scheduled to see a doctor about the injury today.

= LW CHRIS KUNITZ and D KRIS LETANG did not practice. Each player is sick, according to Bylsma. Both are expected to play against the Islanders.

= RW ERIC GODARD returned to practice with teammates. He has not played since Dec. 26 because of a facial injury.



Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. If #87 hasn’t done anything physically since January 5, I imagine he will need up to two weeks to get back in shape before he can rejoin the lineup, and that’s if he is symptom free within the next few days. Imagine if his first game back is 02/05. The opponent that day: Steckel and the Caps.

  2. Jerry Leech says:

    The players that are considered goons and other players that are considered dirty that are on the ice only to punish and hurt someone should be punished also, take Sidney Crosby as an example, I believe that he was hurt initially in the game that they played in Pgh on Jan 1, 2011 and then they played Tampa Bay and he got hit again to cause a concussion and has not played for the month of Jan. and is also going to miss the All-Star game. Both players should be responsible for His injury and should be banned from all play until Sidney Crosby returns to playing status. If the Hockey League would adopt this rule that all players that injure a fellow player, they will sit out all games without pay until the injured player returns to playing status. I truly believe this rule will end all the fighting, blindsided hits, boarding, and hockey will become a game that’s exciting to watch again.

  3. joe says:

    Jerry how would you justify paying matt cooke the money he is making when he would miss 2/3 of the season for sitting out???

  4. PensFanStuckInArizona says:

    A simple rule modification is to treat head shots just like high sticks. It doesn’t matter if another player intends to go high with his stick or not, if he clips someone up high he is in the box. Then it is a matter of intent or the severity of injury that results in a double or major penalty. It should be the same for all blows to the head no matter how that blow is delivered- shoulder, elbow, from the blindside, in front, etc. A player should be responsible for their body position just like they are for controlling their stick. In the case of a blow to the head, I would say if a player is assessed a major penalty they get an automatic suspension. The suspension increases significantly in length for repeat offenders. Simple and no judgement or interpretation of intent needed.

  5. Jerry Leech says:

    Joe, The Penguins would lose him for 2/3 of the season and would not have to pay his salary, that’s what he deserves for being a player for putting a hit on a player and trying to hurt him. All the teams would have to buy into this rule and get players that want to play hockey and keep the game exciting. There are dirty teams in hockey, they feel that’s the only way they can win is by injuring good players on teams they are competing against, the Penguins are not a dirty team, they have Super Stars on their team that the Penguins have millions of dollars invested in these players and it’s no fun to watch the games without their good players, it’s actually very boring. The Penguins are an outstanding team and they are unbeatable when they have Crosby, Malkin, Letang, etc. Which would you like, Joe, watching a good clean game or the goons pounding the good players for 60 minutes and have a losing team. No player deserves to be injured, get rid of the goons and this will not happen, at least, not intentionally.

  6. Interesting W/L stat heading into all star game:

    5-3-1: Pens last 9 games without #87; three of those without #71
    5-3-1: Pens last 9 games before #87 concussed.

    By no means am I suggesting #87 and #71 aren’t crucial to Pens lineup. But it does enable the front office to be extra cautious in the timetable for getting both superstars back on the ice. That’s a GOOD thing, especially seeing the Bruins’ Savard concussed again.

    Pens W/L without #87 also underscores the value of #29 to this team in conjunction with a commitment by the defense and forwards to

  7. che says:

    The Bearded One

    to my mind its a sign that even with 87 and 71, the team is underproducing most of the time

  8. Stick Save says:

    Although would love to see a rule where goons and guys that blind side other players have to sit until the injured player returns, I don’t see that happening. The Pens have to send the message on the first shift when they play the Caps. Steckel needs a good old fashion beating that will be shown on ESPN about 1,000 times. Same thing should happen when they play Tampa Bay. That, more than any rule, will deter others from taking liberties with our star players. Let’s see if the Pens display the ‘testicular fortitude’ to make this happen!!!

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