Center Sidney Crosby took a little time off from celebrating the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship to have his left knee examined yesterday.
"I saw the doctor, and he said I shouldn't need an MRI, that it should be a few weeks and I'll be all right," Crosby said.
He was hurt in the second period of the clinching, 2-1, victory against Detroit in Game 7 Friday night. He played just one shift after that, in the third period, but was able to lift and skate with the Cup afterward.
Crosby figures he does not need to make a pitch to the team's 10 potential unrestricted free agents.
"I think the experience and what we went through and what we did speaks more than anything," he said. "Guys all shared this together. I'm sure for the most part, guys want to be part of it.
"If it works out that we can keep as many guys as possible, that's great. But I don't think I need to sell anything here. It speaks volumes for itself with the fans and group of guys we have and the organization itself."
On the possibility of re-signing, defenseman Hal Gill said, "I'd love to."
Winger Miroslav Satan was not leaning in any direction.
"It's completely blank," he said. "I don't know. I haven't thought about it yet. Some decisions have to be made."
Evgeni Malkin's parents, Vladimir and Natalia, became minor celebrities at games during the playoffs. But after the Penguins lost Games 1 and 2 of the Cup final in Detroit with mom and dad in attendance, Malkin left them home for the rest of the series.
That meant that after the Game 7 clincher at Joe Louis Arena, Malkin had to wait until he got back to Pittsburgh to celebrate with them.
"They didn't say anything. They just hugged me and, of course, were happy," Malkin said yesterday. "Big moment."
As the team had parties and celebrations around the city over the weekend, a lot of people wanted a piece of the Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
"Lots of people touch me and try to hug me and get me to sign [autographs] and [take] pictures," he said. "It's good because Pittsburgh's happy. We're happy. Big moment for the city and the team."
He expects a big turnout for the team's parade today.
"The same as when the Steelers won, lots of people," he said.
Forward Max Talbot was hoarse but still happy to talk about the adventures with the Cup he and the team are having. He has family in town, and his brother Will got some fan love.
"I feel lighter without my beard," the clean-shaven Talbot said. "I shaved my beard and [my brother Will] still had his. He was walking the street and people were following him. He looks like me, definitely."
Talbot said the players have been respectful with the huge silver trophy but did go so far as to eat chicken fingers out of it.
Defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who has a year remaining on his contract, was asked about the possibility of working out a long-term extension. "I would like to be here," he said. "We have a great group of guys. It's a great season. Everybody's supporting us. Obviously, there has to be interest from both sides, and we'll see what happens." ... Detroit general manager Ken Holland said Red Wings defenseman and captain Nicklas Lidstrom played in the seven-game final after having surgery May 24 that forced him to miss the last two games of the Western Conference final. Lidstrom told the Detroit Free Press it was testicular surgery after he was speared by Chicago's Patrick Sharp May 22. ... Malkin earlier in the playoffs playfully criticized the hands of Talbot, his linemate. Considering Talbot got both goals Friday, Malkin said, "Little bit better." ... The radio broadcast of Game 7 will be aired again at 6 p.m. today on WXDX-FM (105.9).
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