NHL notes: Bylsma 'hoping' Crosby will be ready

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma speaks to the media in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 3, 2009. (DAVE...

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma speaks to the media in Pittsburgh, Penn., June 3, 2009. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

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Hockey fans aren't the only ones puzzled about Sidney Crosby's health status.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma doesn't seem to know what's going on either. Or if he does, he's not saying.

"Sidney's progressed nicely this summer, he's had a long summer, he's worked out in June and July," Bylsma said on NHL.com. "We're hoping for Sidney to come back in and be ready to go for training camp. I know he's worked out more now than he has probably the last three summers."

Conflicting reports over Crosby's health came out Monday, with CTV in Halifax reporting that he'd stopped training after concussion symptoms returned. Crosby's agent then denied the report, saying in a statement that "Sidney hasn't been shut down by anyone. He has simply adjusted his summer program according to the different needs for the appropriate recovery."

Last week, Penguins general manager Ray Shero confirmed that Crosby had symptoms but wasn't sure, specifically, what they were.

It remains to be seen if Crosby will be ready to go when the Pens start training camp next month.

"I can't wave a wand and tell you how it's going to play out," Bylsma said. "He's progressed and he's worked, and he's worked harder in some areas than he has in the past. He's gone down that road."

Interest in Blues

A number of parties are interested in buying the St. Louis Blues, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Multiple bids were received before Monday, the deadline the team's owners set for receiving offers, the report says. But team chairman Dave Checketts wouldn't say exactly how many there were, citing confidentiality agreements.

Two bids -- one from Blues minority owner Tom Stillman and the other from Matthew Hulsizer, once throught to be the next owner of the Phoenix Coyotes -- were rejected in recent months. The Post-Dispatch says Stillman's bid was for $110 million, well short of the $180 million asking price.

It's believed Stillman has made a second bid for the NHL team. At least two groups trying to buy the Dallas Stars are also interested in the Blues.

Collins retires

Three-time world champion Delaney Collins is retiring from the Canadian women's hockey team.

Collins, who has been on the national team since 1999, played 95 games for Canada and is among the top 10 in scoring by a defenceman. She had eight goals and 31 assists with the national team.

"I will always be thankful for the memories I have from my years with Team Canada, and for the friends I have made," Collins said in a statement. "Thank you to my teammates, coaches and everyone who has supported me over the years. I look forward to the next stage of my career, to be able to teach the game as a coach using the experience I have gained in a Team Canada jersey."

In total, the Pilot Mound, Man., native won nine gold medals in red and white, including three at the world championships,


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