Asham back on the ice
By Josh Yohe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Sidney Crosby's 15-minute skate wasn't the only good concussion-related news the Penguins received Monday. Arron Asham, out since Feb.1 with a concussion, practiced with the Penguins at Consol Energy Center. Asham will not travel with the team to Ottawa but could be ready for game action soon. He said he would like to play Sunday against the New York Rangers. "I feel great," Asham said. Coach Dan Bylsma said that Asham has been symptom-free for quite some time. Asham has produced five goals and five assists this season after signing as a free agent from Philadelphia.
- Defenseman Kris Letang did not practice yesterday. He received a nasty hit from Edmonton's Gilbert Brule late in the third period of the Penguins' 5-1 win on Sunday. Contact was made with Letang's head on the play. Bylsma said Letang's visit to a doctor yesterday was "precautionary."
- Defenseman Matt Niskanen remains ill with the flu and will not play tonight in Ottawa. Bylsma said that the Penguins will recall a defenseman from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, though he did not specify which player will be selected. The logical choice is Brian Strait.
- Right wing Alex Kovalev did not speak with reporters the day before he plays against his old team, the Ottawa Senators, and doesn't intend on speaking after today's morning skate.
- Three injured players -- D Brooks Orpik, LW Eric Tangradi and C Mike Comrie -- continued to skate away from the team. They will be joined by RW Nick Johnson today in Ottawa. Johnson is symptom-free after battling a concussion for a month.
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