NHL notes: Crosby to meet doctors this week
|Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skates during practice at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Oct. 7, 2011. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby could be cleared for contact when he meets with doctors later this week.
Crosby, who skated with the Pens Tuesday, did not indicate when he would be evaluated by his medical team. He had little to say about the topic, other than to refute a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that said he was planning on meeting doctors Tuesday.
Although still not cleared for contact as he recovers from a January concussion, Crosby hasn't missed a practice since the Penguins started training camp. Speculation is rampant that he is close to returning to the lineup.
Although Crosby's health is the biggest news out of Pittsburgh, the Penguins have other injury woes to deal with now.
Forward Evgeni Malkin sat out the Pens' home opener Tuesday, the second straight game he has missed due to some sort of ailment. Coach Dan Bylsma said Malkin had "soreness" but his absence was not related to the serious knee injury he suffered last season.
"We don't think it's long-term or anything other than (him) just being sore at this point in time," Bylsma told NHL.com.
Malkin was hurt during Saturday's game in Calgary and didn't play Sunday in Edmonton.
RICH GETS RICHER
Boston Bruins centre Rich Peverley signed a three-year, $9.75 million contract extension Tuesday.
Peverley, acquired by the Bruins in a deal with the Atlanta Thrashers last season, could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer but instead chose to stay in Boston through 2014-15.
"It feels good to not have to worry about the contract on your mind the whole year," Peverley said. "But some guys play better in those situations and I've done this actually before, signing a year earlier. It does help, but it doesn't change the goals in mind that you have."
Peverley had 18 goals and 23 assists in 82 games last season, but struggled during his 23-game stretch with the Bruins. He had just four goals and three assists in that span before turning it up in the playoffs.
In 279 NHL games with three teams, Peverley has 62 goals and 91 assists.
BLUES GRAB CHORNEY
The St. Louis Blues claimed defenceman Taylor Chorney off waivers from the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday.
With defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo going on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, the Blues filled the void with 24-year-old Chorney. He had one goal and three assists in 12 games with the Oilers last season.
Colaiacovo was hurt Saturday against the Nashville Predators. He'll be eligible to play Oct. 16 against the Anaheim Ducks.
PREDS TOUGHEN UP
The Nashville Predators added a little muscle Tuesday, plucking tough guy Brian McGrattan off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks.
McGrattan was signed to a two-way contract as an unrestricted free agent by the Ducks in July but never played a game for them. He was put on waivers Tuesday and quickly snapped up by the Predators.
In 182 NHL games, McGrattan has three goals, 11 assists and 395 penalty minutes.
Boston Bruins forward David Krejci left Tuesday's practice early with an undisclosed injury.
Coach Claude Julien wasn't sure how badly Krejci was hurt but wouldn't rule out Krejci missing the Bruins' two-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Carolina. Krejci didn't accompany the Bruins on the trip.
In a statement posted Tuesday, the Bruins said Krejci was being evaluated by medical staff and his status for Saturday's game in Chicago would be determined later in the week.
The Bruins also sent defenceman Andrew Bodnarchuk and centre Josh Hennessy to Providence after they cleared waivers Tuesday. Forward Yannick Riendeau was assigned to Reading of the ECHL.
The Minnesota Wild put forward Eric Nystrom on re-entry waivers in the hopes of calling him up from Houston of the AHL. If Nystrom is claimed, the Wild must pay half his $1.4 million salary ... As expected, Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mattias Ohlund had arthroscopic surgery on both knees Tuesday. Ohlund, who hasn't played since the preseason, will be out indefinitely, according to the Lightning ... Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford missed his second straight practice with a minor lower-body injury. The Hawks expect Crawford, who started both games over the weekend, to be back on the ice Wednesday ... The Anaheim Ducks sent newly acquired defenceman Kyle Cumiskey and goaltender Jeff Deslauriers to Syracuse of the AHL. Deslauriers had to go through waivers to be sent to the minors ... Former Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell and ex-NHLers Chris Chelios and Bill Guerin will coach the U.S. entry in the Deutschland Cuo next month in Germany. Waddell will serve as head coach.