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Ron Hextall on Wednesday evening stated the obvious in that Sidney Crosby having wrist surgery would have been much more ideal if it was done a month or two ago.
“Obviously, we all hoped we didn’t have to go this way,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said. “In the end, we did everything we could to avoid this, but it was the best way to proceed. I think the focus was having Sid back at 100%, or as close to 100% as possible. This was the proper avenue to go…..I think if we all, including Sid, had known this a month or two months ago, it would have been great. But we are where we are, and I think on the positive side, we have four weeks before we play a regular-season game.””
While the Penguins were kept in the loop all summer as they always are from To read this insider news, subscribe to get “Inside Access”! Crosby has been seeing his own team of specialists for years now [hide] and the recommendation for surgery came after an appointment last week with a specialist set up by Crosby’s representation CAA Sports. The Penguins, according to a source, learned on Thursday of last week that Crosby would be having the surgery.
That saw the Penguins move forward in finalizing a PTO for Brian Boyle, but will the Crosby injury bring a sense of urgency to bring in more competition?
One name out there is 35 year old Tyler Bozak, who totaled 5 goals and 12 assists in 31 games for the Blues last season.
He’s a player Team President Brian Burke is fond of and has brought up in scouting meetings this summer, team sources say, and a league source confirms there was a conversation between the Penguins and Bozak’s agent Wade Arnott of Newport Sports before the Penguins signed Boyle (PTO) and prior to knowing Crosby needed surgery. The Bozak camp, though, indicated they would not consider a PTO.
Despite the Penguins belief that Crosby won’t miss much time and Evgeni Malkin could return before Thanksgiving, there are rumblings in the last 24 hours that the Penguins have or will circle back to the Bozak camp, but sounds like it would take a one year contract not a PTO to lure Bozak to Pittsburgh.
One avenue the Penguins have operated on all summer with is that LTIR will not be a viable option to them. Crosby will be back way too early to use and the team for now doesn’t believe Malkin will miss enough time to utilize LTIR in a way that benefits them.
We can’t add a big-dollar player here, because they’re [Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin] both going to be back,” Hextall said.”
Even sharks players don’t want black Kane
Yet npl drools over this player everytime
Bozak signed with the Blues… good.
For $750,000 he would have been a good fit with the Penguins… Hextall is banking on Carter, Blueger and who??? Waldo at 3rd center Sam the Man Trumper guy at 4th line center.. we are doomed
I would rather they save the money for later on. They have enough old Centers.
You mean when the Penguins start the season 0 – 4 and get in to a huge hole. Save the money for what ? The cap is rumored for next year to go up $ 1 million that will help. They will lose @SID9701 Tampa @SID9701 Florida at home vs Chicago who we cant beat healthy (outdoor/indoor/home/away…oh and they added Tyler Johnson, Seth Jones, they get their captain back Jonathan Toews, and some guy named Marc Andre Fleury…that’s a loss, Then they will lose at home vs the vastly improved Flyers, This year we could get skunked early and often//average… Read more »
TB is not going to help. And When Malkin and Crosby come back and you have Carter and Blueger then what will you do with him. Knee jerk signings is part of what messed this team up in the first place. Panic moves help no one.
They signed Sam the man (the Trumpeeeerrrrrr) to play third line center…what a disaster !!!
We are in win mode now and we stand pat…There were a lot of under the radar bargains out there and we did nothing to improve the club…and no Bartkowski and Boyle aren’t it….
Hextall and Burke absolutely suck….. They have done nothing outside of Brock McGinn. They are hoping that Jeff Carter, Teddy Blueger and whoever will hold the fort huge mistake…
Kind of curious to see at some point if they move Malkin to wing and go Sid, Carter and Blueger down the middle. I feel like that would allow for two quality scoring lines (at least on paper) and potentially a really solid third if Teddy continues to improve.
few years ago yes now no Carter too old
He has been reborn in Pittsburgh. He looks motivated, excited, and energetic.
Carter was on an adrenaline kick. He looked good over a short span. I am not convinced he will hold up over 82 games. I hope I am wrong.
I said the same thing when he came to Pittsburgh. I live in Los Angeles and saw what you see it may not last. But Sam the Man (the trump guy) blasted me for saying he was slow which he was most of last year out here in L>A…
Move to wing or move out of town ?? LOL
Ryan Donato to the Kraken !!
when can penguins go back on Shane Doan
Is the overall goal to be older than the Caps by the start of the season?
He may be the only decent option out there unless Hextall gets off his ass and makes an actual hockey trade. (player for player / dollar for dollar)