Post-Practice Buzz: Bylsma intrigued about Kennedy at the center position


MONDAY’S POST-PRACTICE BUZZ When Sidney Crosby went down Saturday afternoon vs the New York Islanders, Dan Bylsma’s first thought on who would replace him was Tyler Kennedy. “When Sid left the ice, I immediately thought {about} TK going to the center position,” Bylsma said. On Saturday Bylsma didn’t have the opportunity to plug Dustin Jeffrey into Crosby’s spot as Jeffrey was in the press box. Today in practice Bylsma had Jeffrey at his disposal but he didn’t go that direction and it was status quo on the lines as the Malkin (Neal-Malkin-Iginla) and Sutter (Morrow-Sutter-Cooke) units stayed the same and Kennedy centered Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, a spot he saw some time at on Saturday. Kennedy is a former center in juniors and Bylsma at least appears intrigued about what Kennedy can do at the center position between Kunitz and Dupuis. “I played center in juniors,” Kennedy said. “It’sRead More »

Post-Practice Buzz: Letang could return vs Senators; Niskanen more of a longshot?


POST-PRACTICE BUZZ Kris Letang who has missed the last three games due to a groin injury, was a full participant in Tuesday’s practice at the Consol Energy Center. Letang skated as the 4th pairing with Matt Niskanen and also saw time on the second power play unit. If his injury responds well after today’s full skate, the chances are good of Letang returning to the lineup tomorrow night against the Ottawa Senators at home, but no decision on Letang is going to be made until after the morning skate. “We’ll talk right now and tomorrow morning after morning skate,” Letang said of speaking with his doctors on whether he might play tomorrow. Head coach Dan Bylsma was pleased with how Letang looked. “Kris Letang had a full day,” Bylsma said. “We had some contact drills, some D-zone, and it was a pretty stressful day on a lower body injury andRead More »

Thursday’s Post-Practice Buzz: Colon has encouraging practice; Ben to start


THURSDAY’S POST-PRACTICE BUZZ PITTSBURGH — If things go as planned for Willie Colon over the next two days, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ offensive line should be intact for the game against the San Diego Chargers Sunday at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field. Colon, who has a left knee bruise, went through a full practice Thursday and expected to play against the Chargers barring a setback later this week. “I think I did all the necessary things that I needed to do (Thursday), and we’ll see how it reacts (Friday),” Colon said Thursday after practice. “But I think I should be ready to play this week. I took a nasty bruise on the knee from Suggs. It swelled up, and I had to get it drained a couple of times. “So, it was tough to deal with when we played Cleveland. It felt a little better last week, and it feels aRead More »