Pens, Oilers trade backup goalies
The Penguins were short a goalie in practice Saturday.
That's because backup goalie Dany Sabourin was packing his bags for Edmonton while newly acquired backup Mathieu Garon was on his way to Pittsburgh.
Sabourin, along with forward Ryan Stone — who played mainly for the Penguins' Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL affiliate — and a fourth-round draft pick in 2011 were traded to the Oilers.
Garon, 31, will become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He did not practice with the Penguins yesterday because he was on a flight from Colorado, where he made 37 saves in a 3-2 win over the Avalanche the night before.
"He's a quality, veteran goaltender," Penguins assistant general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He has a proven track record in the NHL. He'll add quality depth and bring leadership."
Garon has played in 15 games for Edmonton this season, posting a 6-8-0 record. He owns a 3.17 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage.
"I think it's gonna be a good fit with (starter Marc-Andre) Fleury," Therrien said. "Fleury is still our guy, but we want to make sure he's gonna be well surrounded."
In 19 games with the Penguins this season, Sabourin was 6-8-2 with a .898 save percentage and a 2.85 goals-against average.
To play, or not to play?
Center Sidney Crosby practiced yesterday and said it will be a game-time decision whether or not he'll play in today's game against the New York Rangers. He left Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury and did not play Friday night.
"It felt good," Crosby said. "I'm kind of on the fence right now. We'll see with the swelling."
Crosby said he will skate in the pregame warmup to test the injury.
"There were a few things I didn't feel great at (today), but that is a part of injuries," Crosby said. "I still need to make sure I'm comfortable playing a game."
Therrien said defensemen Kris Letang (lower body) and Rob Scuderi (head) — who were also injured Wednesday — will be game-time decisions, as well.
Scuderi was hit above the right eye with a wrist shot, which caused bruising and swelling. He was unable to open his eye until Friday morning, but hopes to play today.
"I felt pretty good out there, no effects," he said. "My vision's good. I can do everything."
And in other injury news...
Forward Max Talbot was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Wednesday, when he left the game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Brooks Orpik did not practice yesterday after leaving Friday's game with an undisclosed injury.Additional Information:
Stay tuned ...
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