Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is past the infectious stage of the mumps as of Sunday, general manager Jim Rutherford said following the team’s morning skate on Monday.
“He probably could have been here today, but we took an extra day to be cautious,” Rutherford said. “As far as I know, he will return tomorrow or the next day.”
The full story on Crosby’s mumps diagnosis is here.
However, Rutherford said that forward Beau Bennett, who has missed the last nine games with a lower-body injury, now has symptoms for mumps.
“The tests will come back (Tuesday), so we don’t know whether it’s positive or not,” Rutherford said. “But we’ve taken the proper steps to make sure that he’s quarantined and not around anybody else at this point in time.”
Bennett participated in the Penguins’ annual visit to Children’s Hospital, a team tradition since the 1970s, last Thursday while Crosby did not. Rutherford said the hospital is aware of the situation and is testing any people that Bennett may have come into contact with.
“They’re on top of the situation,” Rutherford said. “We feel bad about that. We tried to do a good thing and go to the Children’s Hospital and do different things in the community, but at that point in time, obviously, he was not tested to be positive.”
A number of NHL players from several different teams have been diagnosed with mumps in recent weeks.
“The league has always, when something like this comes along, makes teams aware of what has happened,” Rutherford said when asked if the NHL had issued any guidelines or given any advice about how to deal with the mumps situation. “But we all have our medical people. We have the best medical people in the league, so we’re well aware of what steps to take and certainly the cautious steps that are needed to be taken and we’re doing it.”