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NHL notes: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin skip All-Star game with injuries

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Sidney Crosby has participated in one NHL All-Star game, way back in 2007. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Files)

Sidney Crosby has participated in one NHL All-Star game, way back in 2007. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Files)

The Pittsburgh Penguins' dynamic duo won't be on the ice at the NHL all-star game.

Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will miss the league's all-star festivities in Columbus due to lower-body injuries, the team announced Thursday. Crosby, the Penguins captain, has played in just one all-star game since entering the league in 2005.

Crosby, Pens general manager Jim Rutherford said, has been playing hurt and will need "about a week" to heal. Because he is missing the all-star game, Crosby can't play in Pittsburgh's first game after the break.

Malkin was hurt Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, leaving in the second period before returning to finish the game, then missed Wednesday's tilt with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Penguins don't have a timetable for malkin's return.

"I really won't know until we come back out of the break," Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He's going to be in town here during the break rehabbing. We'll have a better idea once we regroup on Monday.

"It's probably an injury that will take a little time to heal."

Malkin is third in league scoring with 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists) in 45 games this season.

Nashville Predators rookie forward Filip Forsberg was named a replacement for Malkin. Forsberg has 15 goals and 25 assists in 45 games.


The mayor of Seattle revealed Thursday that he met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman earlier this week to talk about the league expanding to his city.

Mayor Ed Murray met with Bettman Monday in New York while heading to the U.S Conference of Mayors. Murray says he also sat down with NBA commissioner Adam Silver the same day.

"While in New York, I also met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the future of NHL hockey in Seattle," Murray said in a statement. "We are very keen on bringing an NHL team here, and the commissioner recognizes the value we would bring as home to a future franchise. We will continue to work toward that shared vision.

"While commissioner Silver said Seattle remains a very attractive city for an NBA franchise with our NBA championship heritage and enthusiastic fan base, the league has no plans to expand at this time," Murray added. "The city will continue to do our part to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle."

The major stumbling block for Seattle -- beyond the fact the NHL has repeatedly said it is not expanding any time soon -- is the lack of a suitable arena for a potential NHL or NBA team. Bettman said in May that Seattle's existing venue, KeyArena, is "inadequate."


St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott will replace injured Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky on the roster for Sunday's NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio.

Bobrovsky sustained a lower-body injury during the second period of the Blue Jackets' 4-0 loss at Winnipeg Wednesday night. It's not known how long Bobrovsky might be sidelined.

The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season. He was elected to the All-Star team for the first time in his career but will miss the opportunity to play before a home crowd.

Elliott becomes the third Blues goalie to make at least two all-star appearances. He also was on the team on 2012. Elliott joins Blues teammates Kevin Shattenkirk and Vladimir Tarasenko on this year's roster.

The 29-year-old Elliott has a 13-5-2 record this season and leads the NHL with a 1.86 goals-against average and ranks fourth with a .930 save percentage. He has three shutouts.


The Los Angeles Kings sent forward Nick Shore and goaltender J.F. Berube to Manchester of the AHL Thursday. Both players were named to the AHL all-star game Monday in Utica, N.Y. ... The San Jose Sharks sent centre Tomas Hertl, forward Barclay Goodrow and defenceman Dylan DeMelo to Worcester of the AHL. Hertl has 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 48 games this season for the NHL Sharks while Goodrow has two goals and five assists in 31 games with the big club ... The Minnesota Wild returned defenceman Justin Falk to Iowa of the AHL. The 26-year-old Falk has played in 13 games for the Wild this season ... Left winger Josh Anderson was reassigned from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the AHL's Springfield Falcons. Anderson, 20, made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers on Jan. 16.

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