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Crosby not on ice at Penguins practice

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was not on the ice with Group A for the practice session at training camp Saturday. The Penguins did not give a reason for his absence.

Crosby did skate Friday, one day after it was announced he would be held out of the start of training camp, and said he planned to skate Saturday if nothing changed.

Crosby and usual linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz also sat out a controlled scrimmage.

"I found out at about the same time I did yesterday, just before practice," coach Mike Johnston said. "Really it was a situation two days ago where I didn't think he was going to skate, he wanted to just try it. He went out yesterday, so I was pleased with how he skated. But really, when we were looking at him, we thought it would be a couple of days. We talked to everyone and I still think it's going to be a couple of days."

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced Thursday that Crosby and center Evgeni Malkin would be held out of the start of camp because of unspecified injuries sustained during offseason training. Johnston said neither injury was believed to be long-term, and that Crosby's issue was not related to the wrist injury he played through last season.

The Penguins open their preseason schedule Monday at home against the Detroit Red Wings. They host the Anaheim Ducks in their regular-season opener on Oct. 8.

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