In today’s roundup of early morning NHL news: Sidney Crosby continues to make progress in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms…Blues forward David Perron may finally be ready to return…The Blackhawks may try Patrick Kane at center…Flyers forward Scott Hartnell to see a cardiologist on Tuesday…Rangers defenseman Marc Staal won’t be travelling with the club to Stockholm…Sabres forward Brad Boyes suspended for head shot…Avalanche forward Brandon Yip out 4-6 weeks…Fans post reward for infamous, and so far anonymous, banana tosser.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: reports Penguins captain Sidney Crosby continues to make progress in his recovery, participating with his teammates in set practices, though he’s still not cleared yet for physical contact.
BND.COM: reports Blues forward David Perron, who has also been sidelined for many months to post-concussion symptoms,set to rejoin the team soon, though he’s still a long way from being ready to return to action.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: reports the Blackhawks lack of true centers among their versatile forwards means star winger Patrick Kane could be given an look-see at center.
PHILLY.COM: reports Flyers forward Scott Hartnell had an elevated heart rate during a recent preseason game against Detroit and is slated to see a cardiologist on Tuesday. The move is being done for precautionary reasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping it’s nothing serious and he can return to action soon.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: reports Rangers defenseman Marc Staal practiced on Sunday but won’t be traveling with his teammates to Stockholm for their season opener on October 7th, though it hasn’t been ruled out he might join them later. Staal is still recovering from post-concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Penguins with Crosby, the Blues with Perron, the Maple Leafs with Matthew Lombardi and the Avalanche with Peter Mueller, the Rangers aren’t about to rush Staal back into action until he’s made a full recovery.
TORONTO STAR: reports the league has suspended Buffalo Sabres forward for two preseason games following his recent hit to the head of Maple Leaf Joe Colborne.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s not the only one facing suspension, as Columbus’ James Wisniewski is expected to face either a suspension or fine for committing a similar offense in a recent preseason game.
DENVER POST: reports Avalanche forward Brandon Yip will miss four-six weeks with a broken forearm.
CALGARY SUN: reports two Twitter clients are offering a reward to anyone who can positively identify the person who tossed a banana peel at Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during a recent preseason game in London, Ontario.