SOUTHPOINTE — Penguins captain Sidney Crosby did not take part in individual drills before practice when ice was available, and has joined his teammates for today’s practice that began at 11:00 a.m, which, as expected, has fueled the rumor mill.
As of a few minutes ago, Penguin officials have yet to comment on whether Crosby’s status has changed. The past couple times Crosby has been on the ice with his teammates, team officials quickly shot down any talk that Crosby’s status has changed.
Crosby last week said his balance and motion issues were improved but that he was still having headaches. It would be a surprise if he was cleared for contact.
— Defenseman Brooks Orpik who missed Tuesday’s game with a shoulder injury, is a full participant in today’s skate.
— Goaltender Brent Johnson is also practicing today.
— Not practicing includes defenseman Matt Niskanen.
— The Penguins this morning re-assigned forward Cal O’Reilly to Wilkes Barre/Scranton. O’Reilly doesn’t have to clear waivers.
Updated 12:50 p.m. – According to head coach Dan Bylsma, there is no status change for Sidney Crosby and he hasn’t been cleared for contact. Crosby participated in various drills.
— Bylsma listed Brooks Orpik as day to day. Orpik is hopeful to play this weekend but intends to be cautious with his injury.
— Matt Niskanen is ill.