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by Paul on 02/18/12 at 01:30 PM ET
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The NHL trade deadline is nine days away, and there are less than six weeks in the Penguins’ regular season after that.
It might be easier for general manager Ray Shero and his staff to know what moves, if any, to pursue if he had an idea whether center and captain Sidney Crosby might be back in the lineup before the playoffs.
Crosby simply cannot oblige.
He has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms perhaps related to a neck injury for more than two months and has played in just eight games dating to early January 2011. He said Friday he still has headaches but the trouble he has had with motion and balance has subsided….
If the Penguins knew Crosby was going to be out at least until the end of the regular season, then, as long as he remained on long-term injured reserve, they could exceed the salary cap and use some of his $8.7 million cap hit to acquire one or more players. Perhaps they could add a scoring winger or a physical, shutdown defenseman.
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