Crosby questionable for All-Star Game

STAFF WRITERJanuary 23, 2011 

Sidney Crosby just doesn't know.

The Pittsburgh Penguins star doesn't know when he will get back on the ice. He doesn't know when he will be able to play in a game.

And that, of course, means Crosby doesn't know if he will participate at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game a week from today at the RBC Center.

Crosby, arguably the NHL's best player, missed his eighth straight game Saturday because of post-concussion symptoms. Pens coach Dan Bylsma said Saturday morning that Crosby continues to improve. But the center has not been medically cleared to return and many expect Crosby will sit out the All-Star Game.

"I haven't started working out," Crosby said Saturday in a brief interview at Consol Energy Center. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just going day by day right now. I'd like to be there."

Crosby was the leading vote-getter in the fans' online balloting for the All-Star Game. Also among the first six stars picked by the fans were three Pens teammates: center Evgeni Malkin, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defenseman Kris Letang.

"An honor, for sure," Crosby said of the 635,000-plus votes he received. "Obviously it's not fun being injured, but I appreciate all the support, for sure, and the support we got for the team."

Malkin now has missed the past two games with a sore left knee and sinus infection. His status for the All-Star Game also is uncertain.

In other All-Star news Saturday, the four alternate captains were announced by the NHL and NHL Players Association. Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings were named team captains earlier in the week.

Defenseman Mike Green of the Washington Capitals and forward Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks will be alternate captains on Team Staal. Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks will assist Lidstrom.

The captains and alternate captains will pick the teams in Friday's NHL Fantasy Draft at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Staal said he did not know Green or Kesler very well but said that would not be a problem.

"Two great players and two good guys, so it should be fun," Staal said.

Forsberg ponders return: Peter Forsberg says his heart fully supports a return to the NHL. The 37-year-old is now trying to determine if his bothersome right foot will cooperate.

Forsberg measured his fitness level in a 45-minute on-ice workout Saturday.

Afterward, Forsberg, who flew from Sweden on Friday, said the foot that's required numerous surgeries feels better. The former NHL MVP will test it next week in practice with his former team before making any decisions.

Islanders claim Nabokov off waivers: The New York Islanders are getting much needed help in the nets, snatching veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov away from the Detroit Red Wings just days after he signed to play in Hockeytown.

The Islanders said Saturday that they claimed the 35-year-old Nabokov off waivers from the Red Wings, who signed him to a one-year contract Thursday. Nabokov spent this season with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian KHL and hadn't yet played for Detroit.

The NHL's collective bargaining agreement says that anyone who plays in a professional league before signing an NHL contract must clear waivers.

Associated Press

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