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Sid Enjoying Anonymity

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens Tyler Kennedy is trying to adjust back to his natural position as center, he played most of last season on the wing.

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Sidney Crosby could get used to living here.

Crosby spent Sunday as a tourist, eating dinner and checking out the sights in Old Town with his teammates.

"I walked around a bit and I think one person said hello," Crosby said after Monday's hard practice.

For someone that has trouble walking the streets in almost any hockey-loving city in North America, the anonymity was a welcomed change of pace.

"It was just cool to be with the guys and hang out," Crosby said. "I don't get to do that too often in Pittsburgh or in Canada, so it was just really nice to be out with the team and do some stuff and have some fun."

After Monday's practice, Crosby accompanied the team to lunch and a tour of the Vasa Museum, a maritime museum located on the island of Djurgarden. The Vasa is the only almost fully intact 17th Century ship in existence. She sank on her maiden voyage in 1698, and it wasn't until 1961 that the 64-gun warship was salvaged.

Crosby will play tourist on Tuesday, as well, as the team engages in a city-wide scavenger hunt.

Sykora out -- Petr Sykora missed his second straight day of practice Monday as the rest of the team went through a grueling 90-minute workout.

Sykora has a sore throat. He is expected to skate on his own Tuesday while the rest of the team enjoys a day away from the rink, according to team officials. Sykora is expected to be good to go by the weekend.

Center of attention -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to move youngster Tyler Kennedy back to his natural position of center. Kennedy played the wing most of the time last season because of the team's glut at center.

Now, with Jordan Staal being moved onto the wing, Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien is hoping Kennedy smoothly can transition back to the position he played throughout his junior career in Sault Ste. Marie.

"There's a spot open at center," Therrien said. "We're working on him to be a versatile player because we go through a lot during the season -- injuries and stuff."

Therrien has liked the confidence Kennedy has shown so far in training camp and said he is a different player from the rookie that struggled at times last season.

Shoot first -- Speaking of centers, teams better watch out for a new wrinkle in Sidney Crosby's game.

The slick passer is looking to shoot more this season. Crosby averaged a little more than 3 shots per game last season -- taking 173 shots in 53 regular-season games. Those totals are pretty consistent with the shot efforts he put up in his first two seasons in the League.

He plans to top those numbers this time around.

"I want to keep opponents guessing," Crosby said. "It seems my first option is always to pass. To make that option better, it is probably good to shoot a bit more."

Author: Shawn P. Roarke | Managing Editor

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