Penguins' Staal still on crutches
» Center Jordan Staal was re-evaluated by the Penguins' medical staff Monday morning, and the team provided no update on his status. Staal's right foot, operated on twice during the summer because of infected tissue, was covered by protective casing. He is using crutches. Staal is expected to speak publicly Wednesday for the first time since the Penguins announced last Thursday he will miss between five and six weeks.
» FSN Pittsburgh producer Lowell MacDonald Jr. returned to practice for the first time since he was suspended last January. The Penguins learned over the summer that he would resume duties as producer of the cable network's telecasts of team games. His suspension came after an investigation into his decision not to make NHL replay officials in Toronto aware of all available video footage for a possible short-handed goal by former Flyers winger Simon Gagne.
» Coach Dan Bylsma said center Casey Pierro-Zabotel will miss three to four weeks with a broken finger. He was injured by a pick during practice Sunday. Also, Bylsma said notable players to dress tomorrow for the first hockey game at Consol Energy Center will include centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, and defenseman Brooks Orpik.
» Left wing Brent Sterling scored twice during the third scrimmage of training camp. Top prospect Simon Despres, a defenseman, made the scrimmage memorable for his penalty-shot goal against starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
» The Penguins welcomed two local youth hockey teams to Consol Energy Center on Sunday night to simulate a game-night environment for the in-game operations staff. The game went to a long shootout, prompting public address announcer Ryan Mill to declare, "This was the most exciting event in the history of Consol Energy Center."
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