Many fans got worried Saturday when Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby took a shot off of his foot and immediately left the game. The good news is that the injury isn’t too serious as NHL.com’s Wes Crosby writes that Crosby is listed as day-to-day. However, that also suggests that he is questionable for the season opener.
Crosby took a shot off his leg from Marco Scandella 6:42 into the first period in Saturday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres, and while he did skate this morning to test his foot, he isn’t necessarily going to be ready for Thursday’s home opener against Buffalo.
“Injuries are a part of the game,” said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan. “It is what it is. We just have to adjust. I think that’s where the versatility that our group has comes into play.”
- The Carolina Hurricanes announced that longtime veteran Jordan Staal has been named captain of the team, replacing Justin Williams, who has decided to take some time off. The 31-year-old had served as a co-captain in 2017-18 and was an alternate captain for the other six years he’s been on the team, including last season. The team also announced that Jordan Martinook and defenseman Jaccob Slavin will serve as alternate captains this year.
- While no players has been claimed yet on waivers, Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi reports that the Philadelphia Flyers could put in a claim for one tomorrow as the team might have some interest in Montreal Canadiens’ forward Charles Hudon. The forward was placed on waivers this afternoon. According to Carchidi, Flyers’ assistant coach Michel Therrien was a big fan of Hudon when he coached with the Canadiens. The 25-year-old only played 32 games last season for Montreal due to injuries, but scored 10 goals and 30 points in 2017-18.
- One of the biggest decisions that the New York Rangers will have to make in the coming days is what to do with 2018 first-rounder Vitaly Kravtsov, according to The Athletic’s Rick Carpiniello (subscription required). The 19-year-old hasn’t impressed enough to force his way into the Rangers’ top-six and then the question is whether he would be better off spending some time in the AHL where he can develop his skills rather than play limited minutes with New York. The team may have to decide between Kravtsov, Filip Chytil and Brett Howden, none of which have been particularly impressive in the preseason.