PITTSBURGH (AP) - Having completed two trades to add three players to the injury-depleted Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, general manager Ray Shero is looking forward to seeing how good his team might look once its healthy in time for the playoffs.
What remains unclear is whether Shero's vision includes Sidney Crosby.
"It's the unknown," Shero said this week after bringing in reinforcements - the latest, forward Alex Kovalev - to prop up a roster that's missing 11 regulars.
As the Penguins prepare to play at Carolina on Friday night, they'll do it without Crosby, who will miss his 22nd game. The Penguins captain and face of the NHL remains out indefinitely while recovering from a concussion after sustaining hits in consecutive January games.