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Crosby practices, has “extensive on-ice time” with Penguins

Feb 23, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Sidney Crosby participated in his most thorough practice with Penguins teammates in two-and-a-half months on Thursday, though the club remains mum on when No. 87 will return to action.

“He was out there with our team for the entire practice,” said Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma. “Although he did not participate in the contact drills that we did have. We’ll see how he progresses and where he’s at in terms of getting on the ice. Sometimes it is dictated on if it’s an optional [practice] or how many people will be out there.”

While reporting Crosby’s practice routine might seem like overkill (even though this site has been dubbed “ProCrosbyTalk” on various occasions), it’s an important development with Monday’s trade deadline looming.

Pens GM Ray Shero has made a habit of acquiring forwards at the trade deadline — Alexei Kovalev last year, Alexei Ponikarovsky in 2010, Bill Guerin in 2009, Pascal Dupuis/Marian Hossa in 2008 — and many assume a similar move this year depends on Crosby’s health and availability.

According to Capgeek, the Penguins have roughly $10 million in available space at the deadline, which could net them a pretty compelling rental player, like any number of the impending UFAs (ie: Ales Hemsky, Brad Boyes, Paul Gaustad or Mike Knuble.)

  1. soupcansid - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    We should all thank Mike for admitting that this site is a Crosby fan site.

    I’ll be back shortly. Everyone in the league wants to play for the penguins cause they know the end result once I come back.

  2. jamesmakesurmomneal - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Thumbs up to you Mike for calling this site what it is. If they sold jerseys for writers, I would rock yours! Keep up the great work. Soupcan is coming, get ready NHL

    • spiciercheez - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      Thumbs down to you Mike for calling this site what it is not. If they didn’t sell jerseys for writers, I wouldn’t rock yours! Keep up the terrible work. Soupcan is not coming, don’t get ready NHL

      • soupcansid - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        but you’re wrong. i am already here.

  3. fleurysteeth - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Wow, this is the best story/news ive seen all week. Not only is there a pleasant sea of stories about some overrated russian hockey player on the Caps along with their crap coach Robin Williams, but I then get to read news of our hockey savior beasting it up on the ice with The Franchise. Thank my lucky stars! Please keep these magnificent stories coming about the greatest Captain in the league.

  4. sportsfreak13 - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    5 comments and 4 of them from the same person. Sad. Get well soon Sid!

    • sportsfreak12 - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      whats really sad is you bringing down the fun and joyous times of this amazing article with your copy cat negativity.

  5. jamesmakesurmomneal - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Sportsfreak13, you are such a Phony! Also I’m pretty sure soupcan Sid hates your face.

    • soupcansid - Feb 23, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      you right.

  6. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Can’t wait till this bastard is out of the game.

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