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NHL notes: Crosby to visit specialist

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby speaks to the media at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh,...

Penguins forward Sidney Crosby speaks to the media at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., Sep. 7, 2011. (JASON COHN/Reuters)

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, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

Sidney Crosby has another appointment with Dr. Ted Carrick later this week.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star, out since Dec. 5 after having a recurrance of concussion-like symptoms, will visit the chiropractic neurology specialist, who has offices in Florida and Georgia for the second time since originally being hurt last January. Crosby, who is still having some issues with motion and balance, was first treated by the doctor in August.

Crosby joined the Pens for their road trip to Florida and skated on his own Friday and Saturday but there is still no way to know when he will play again.

"Sidney has made a lot of progress but he is still having some symptoms, so this is the next step in his recovery," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. "Obviously he won't be back in the lineup until he is symptom-free."

Shero also said that concussed defenceman Kris Letang, out since late November, has been cleared for contact. It's unlikely he will play Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes, though, and it's possible he could wait until after the all-star break.

BYERS GETS THREE

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers was suspended three games for an illegal hit on Andrew Desjardins of the San Jose Sharks.

Byers picked up a match penalty for attempt to injure during Saturuday's game in Columbus after nailing Desjardins with a head shot. He was suspended Monday after a phone hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

"What no player should expect any longer is that his head will be picked and made the principal point of contact," Shanahan said. "We have taken into account that Desjardins suffered an injury on the play. We've also taken into consideration that Byers has been suspended once before in his NHL career."

Desjardins hasn't undergone baseline testing yet but said Monday that he is feeling "pretty good"and "taking things day by day."

GREEN HAVING SURGERY

Injury-plagued Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green is going to miss at least another month.

Green will have abdominal surgery Tuesday and will be out of action another 4-6 weeks, the Capitals said Monday. The two-time Norris Trophy finalist was put on the long-term injured list last week.

Green has been limited to just 10 games this season, mostly due to a strained right groin muscle. He played Jan. 3 after missing 23 games then, in his second game back, aggravated the groin injury against the San Jose Sharks.

Over the past two seasons, Green has missed 60 games with a variety of ailments, including a two concussions.

CAP'N KOIVU OUT

Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu is week-to-week with an upper-body injury, coach Mike Yeo said Monday.

The 28-year-old centre separated his left shoulder in St. Louis on Saturday and will be sidelined at least a month, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. He was seen wearing a sling after the game.

"It's pretty frustrating right now," Koivu said on the team's website. "Especially the time of the year. We play a lot of games and we're right in the middle of it, and so yeah. But there's nothing you can do about it, and you just got to move on and try and get better."

Koivu, who had been named to the all-star game, Jan. 29 in Ottawa, leads the Wild in assists, 24, and points, 33. He missed four games with a lower-body injury in December.

STARS SHORT AT CENTRE

The Dallas Stars centre Mike Ribeiro was placed on injured reserve Monday as he recovers from an injured right knee.

The move was retroactive to Jan. 7, when he was involved in a knee-on-knee collision with the Edmonton Oilers' Theo Peckham. He is not expected back until after the all-star game, Jan. 29.

In 40 games this season, Ribeiro has 10 goals and 21 assists in 41 games.

The Stars are missing another centre, as well. Jamie Benn had an appendectomy Sunday.

Benn, who has 13 goals and 29 assists in 43 games, is expected to be out 10-14 days and likely will miss the all-star game.

DUCKS SAYING BYE, GEORGE?

Speculation heated up Monday that the Anaheim Ducks were discussing a trade that would send tough-guy George Parros to the Vancouver Canucks.

The potential move, which was reported by Sportsnet's Doug MacLean, carries some weight because the Canucks are clearly lacking a physical presence. Parros also carries a cap hit of just $875,000 and is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Other sources, however, have indicated the two teams have not been talking about Parros, who has two assists and 40 penalty minuutes in 23 games this season. He's got more than 900 PIMs in 390 career NHL games.

EARLY EXIT FOR SUTER

Nashville Predators defenceman Ryan Suter left Monday's win over the New York Islanders after the first period after aggravating an upper-body injury.

Suter, who was questionable to play due to the injury, took 10 shifts in the first period before shutting it down. Predators coach Barry Trotz said afterwards that Suter was probably not going to be available for Tuesday's game against the conference-leading New York Rangers Tuesday.

"It's going to be day-to-day," Trotz said. "If you want a questionable or doubtful, he's probably doubtful."

In 45 games this season, Suter has five goals and 20 assists. His name been mentioned in recent trade rumours due to his status as a UFA at the end of the season.

BRIEFLY

The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenceman T.J. Brennan from Rochester of the AHL ... The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Trevor Smith from Norfolk of the AHL. Smith leads Norfolk in scoring with 16 goals and 28 assists in 39 games ... A day after sending defenceman Jake Gardiner to the minors, the Toronto Maple Leafs called him up again. Gardiner had one assists Sunday against the Hamilton Bulldogs.


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