Thursday, November 17, 2005

Player update

According to this article, Thibault was okay after being struck in the throat with a puck (shot by Konstantin Koltsov) during warmups. He had some swelling in the throat, and was sent to the hospital as a precaution by the doctors. He practiced today and was fine.

The article also indicates that Crosby, Jackman and Whitney are all okay. Whitney had some swelling in his hand, but x-rays were negative. All three practiced today with no complaints.

Also, as indicated by Pronovost in the comments, Fleury was sent down today. I'm not sure how to feel about this. Clearly, he seems to be ready for the NHL. But I can also understand the Pens desire to get Thibault going. He's played well recently. I guess if you're going to play Thibault, you don't want Fleury around just as the backup - you want him playing every day. So in that sense, Wilkes-Barre is the right place for him. I just hope that if Thibault seems like he's going to cost the team a shot at the playoffs (or going far into the playoffs), then they'll move him and get Fleury up here.

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