- Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune: From Rossi’s conversation with Penguins GM Ray Shero:
– On reoccurrence of concussion symptoms during Crosby’s offseason training:
“I’ve been in touch with Sid’s doctors… (and) Sid this weekend. He’s progressed well this summer. Had some symptoms at different points, depending on how hard he’s pushed himself at different points. Never had to be shut down this summer.”
– On reports that Crosby will not be ready for start of 2011-12 season:
“There’s never been a situation where he’s needed to be cleared to play.”
– On Crosby’s state of mind these days:
“I think he’s been good. Talking to him this weekend it seemed that way. Beside dealing with this injury he’s our captain, so whenever we’ve signed a player I’ve been in touch with him. That’s been a lot of it in term s of contact with Sid. I haven’t gone to him too much, ‘How you feeling?’”
“It’s been on an off at this point. He’s happy with his progress. We’re happy with his progress. Training camp is a month away. He’ll be evaluated before then.”
– On if anything has changed regarding Crosby’s recovery/status/whatnot:
“No,” Shero said.
“There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything. The main thing with him, or any player, is that he’s not going to be pushed, prodded until he’s 100 percent ready. My concern isn’t with Sept. 16, Oct. 6 or whenever; it’s making sure he’s comfortable when he returns to play, end of story. I’m about the bigger picture with this thing.”
- Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post: On where Flyers goalie Michael Leighton will play next year:
“It’s August,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I don’t have to answer that. Training camp is a process you go through, and we’re going to do what’s right for the organization.”
It’s rumored that Holmgren checked out Sergei Bobrovsky’s trade value before the draft, which could be high. The Capitals got a 1st and 2nd round pick for Semyon Varlamov.
“If there’s a trade somewhere or there’s going to be two veteran guys (Leighton and Bacashihua) in the minors, I don’t know. I just want to come to camp, work hard, and wherever it gets me I’ll accept it.
“I don’t think it’s worth asking for (a trade). I’m sure (Holmgren) has an idea, but he’s not going to tell me where I’ll be. I just need to get healthy and hope it works out that I get to stay here, play another year and go from there.”
- Frank Seravalli of hte Philadelphia Daily News: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on team captaincy:
“At this point we’re not in any rush to name the captain,” he said. “Once training camp starts and we get everybody back in here (there’s not a lot of accessibility of the players during the summer). Once everybody gets back in here myself and Paul Holmgren will start having discussions and talk about the options that we have in front of us. Then we start talking to the players. I think we’ll get to that point where we do name a captain, but at this point it’s not on the radar in immediate, near future.”
- Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin finished serving his 15 days in Arizona’s tent city jail for drunk driving. He still has 15 days to serve under house arrest with a electronic monitoring bracelet.
- Eric Stephens via twitter: The agent of Trent Hunter said “a number of teams showing interest” but he’s still undecided on where he’ll play this year. Todd Cordell via twitter: Cordell wouldn’t be surprised if Hunter signed with the Ducks who may be looking for 3rd/4th line depth.
- Marc Antonine Godin via twitter: Godin thinks that Andrei Kostitsyn could end up in Anaheim who need depth and have the cap space.
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Andrei Zyuzin’s agent has told the SovSport that they have received 2 offers from NHL teams, he wouldn’t name them.