Crosby out for season opener

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The good news for the Penguins is that Sidney Crosby is eligible to leave the injured-reserve list before their season-opener in Vancouver Thursday night.

The bad news is, he won't be doing it.

General manager Ray Shero said today that, because Crosby went on injured-reserve last season, he is eligible to leave it at any time.

Crosby, though, still has not been cleared for contact and no target date has been set for him to return to the lineup

Players who go on IR must sit out for at least seven days.

Leaving Crosby on IR was one of nine moves the Penguins made to get down to the regular-season roster limit of 23 today.

They also sent forward Jason Williams and defensemen Alexandre Picard and Brian Strait to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre and rookie defenseman Joseph Morrow to his Western Hockey League club in Portland.

In addition to Crosby, forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Nick Petersen and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Boris Valabik have been placed on injured-reserve.

Williams and Picard must clear waivers before joining the Baby Penguins.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Dave Molinari: dmolinari@post-gazette.com.


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