CRANBERRY — Reilly Smith did not participate in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ workout at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex today, but he isn’t injured.
Instead, he reunited with his former Vegas teammates for a visit to the White House, where President Joe Biden honored them for winning the Stanley Cup earlier this year.
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The Penguins acquired Smith from the Golden Knights shortly after Vegas’ title run, when salary-cap issues forced management there to make some personnel moves.
Smith, who has worked primarily alongside Evgeni Malkin and Rickard Rakell on the No. 2 line, has six goals and six assists in 13 games.
Jeff Carter also was absent from the workout — coach Mike Sullivan said Carter is “dealing with an upper-body injury, so we chose to hold him off the ice today” — while injured defenseman John Ludvig was on the ice with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, wearing a white (no-contact) jersey.
Nedeljkovic works out
Injured goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic went through about an hour-long on-ice session with goalie coach Andy Chiodo before the main practice.
Nedeljkovic is on the Long-Term Injured list and cannot rejoin the lineup until at least Sunday.
At the conclusion of his workout, Nedeljkovic skated across the ice and gave a stick to a young fan who had watched part of his practice.