Leave it to Sidney Crosby to beat expectations.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is expected to be out for six weeks after wrist surgery on the verge of training camp three weeks ago. Yet the team released photos of Crosby’s one-man practice on Thursday, including images of one of the game’s great players shooting on a goalie.
The six-week timeframe would put Crosby out until later in October. However, one must wonder how close Crosby is to returning if the team released photos of him letting loose against Penguins’ third goalie Louis Domingue.
— Wes Crosby (@OtherNHLCrosby) October 7, 2021
The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Brian Boyle to a PTO just before training camp, and Boyle appears to have won the fourth-line center gig. Evan Rodrigues is also playing center for the Penguins in the camp and preseason while Evgeni Malkin recovers from knee surgery.
Malkin is out for at least two more months, according to GM Ron Hextall.
The Penguins did not provide an official update on Sidney Crosby, but the photos are a teaser to let fans know the star center is progressing.
The Penguins play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Ceasars Arena on Thursday night. Cuts are expected Friday as the Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan said he expected an NHL-heavy roster for their final preseason game on Saturday in Columbus.