Joseph (Point Breeze): Hey DK, thanks for the great reporting of late. In your discussions with Penguins coaches and administration, have they mentioned what line configurations they've been experimenting with in case Sid misses time?
Dejan Kovacevic: I've heard nothing to that effect. No need this early, anyway. Having Jeffrey and now Steve Sullivan in the mix — not to mention Malkin back — gives you a top-six either way. It obviously would be infinitely better with Crosby, but I wouldn't see the need for a sweeping roster adjustment without him.
Hoyle13: You hardly ever hear anyone talk about letting Sid play after the first hit. Everyone is only concerned about when he is coming back. And I love that you are with the Trib and thanks for all the interaction (blog, articles, Twitter, chats). We love it and keep up the good work.
Dejan Kovacevic: Thanks about all that. I hear that about the trainers/doctors/coaches all the time, maybe 10 times a day from readers. I've written about it, I've talked about it on TV and radio and on Twitter. You want another? OK, here goes: The Penguins and all concerned completely bungled their handling of Crosby, that night at Heinz Field, the days between the Lightning game and by letting him dress for the Lightning game. ... I saw Sid moments after the Winter Classic. I sat in the front chair of the press conference room, asked the first question. He looked right at me with the most uncomfortable glaze. And I remember remarking about that to a fellow reporter when it was done. "Can't believe he came out here." ... If I can see that, the Penguins surely should have.