Just one day after being diagnosed with a concussion, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby took to the ice and skated this morning prior to practice and then met with the media.
On the ice he participated with fellow injured forward Bryan Rust and looked pretty normal out there in a quick glance.
After the practice session, a fairly upbeat sounding Crosby addressed the media.
"I'm confident and comfortable with everything," Crosby said. "I'll just take it day by day."
Crosby was insistent the injury happened Friday at practice and that Saturday he wasn't feeling 100%, leading to his entry into the concussion protocol.
"I think going through it, you understand the process," Crosby said. "I think progress is a good thing. You just go day by day. You don't look too far ahead. I was happy to be able to skate today. You kind of just understand there's progression, and you look at that and make sure you do everything right to get back out."
Of course, it remains to be seen when Crosby can even be considered close to a return to the lineup with such a murky injury. Ideally, one would think today's workout would not trigger any symptoms in the coming hours and that he will take to the ice again tomorrow.
In other news, the Penguins made a waiver claim of Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon . Condon was down to 3rd in the pecking order in Montreal with their signing of Al Montoya and the return to health of Carey Price. From Habs Eyes on the Prize regarding Condon's performance last season:
Condon won the backup job last preseason, by beating out incumbent Dustin Tokarski.
In the regular season, he played very well through the team’s first month of the season in limited action (he had a .947 save percentage through his first two career starts), but was exposed after he was thrust into the starting job with the injury to Carey Price.
He started the season 5-2-2 in Price’s initial absence but when Price got re-injured, he could not keep up with the pace and his numbers dropped after November.
His 55 games was the most by a Habs rookie goaltender since Ken Dryden’s 64 in 1971-72. He had a 21-25-6 record, 2.71 goals against average and .903 save percentage. He also played five games for the United States at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
The Pens had Tristan Jarry as their healthy #2 option, however Jarry has no NHL game experience and at age 21, is probably better served short and long term to go down to Wilkes-Barre and be a starting goalie, rather than riding the bench for a few weeks until Matt Murray returns to health.
Pittsburgh only has one set of back-to-back games, and Murray is already back on the ice, so it remains to be seen if Condon will even be needed to start a game at this point. Most fully expect Condon to be waived once Murray returns to injury.
Once again, another move by Jim Rutherford to add depth to the goalie position, a thing he has done time and again when it has been necessary, even in just a short-term timeline and situation that the Pens are in now.