Crosby returns to Penguins' practice
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby returned to practice today at Southpointe and said he feels improvement in his sore groin, while the Penguins' other top center, Evgeni Malkin, missed practice with what the team is calling a 'maintenance' day. He is expected to practice tomorrow.
Following practice, the Penguins set their roster at 21 players for the start of the season.
They placed forwards Paul Bissonnette, Ryan Bayda and Chris Conner and defensemen Nate Guenin and Deryk Engelland on waivers for the purpose of assigning them to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League if they are not claimed by another team before noon tomorrow.
The team also signed veteran Martin Skoula, 29, to a one-year contract. He will serve as a seventh defenseman. The Penguins will go into their season opener Friday against the New York Rangers with the minimum 12 forwards.
Before practice, forward Max Talbot, who had left shoulder surgery in July, skated for the first time and said he is on schedule to return by midseason.
First Published September 29, 2009 1:15 pm