The Dump & Chase: The kid is alright

Encouraging news on the Sidney Crosby front as the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi reports that the kid has resumed on-ice workouts. Crosby still hasn’t been cleared for contact, but he is able to take part in his usual summer training program which could give his chances at returning to NHL action for the start of the season a boost.

Rossi on Crosby’s status:

He last participated in on-ice workouts in April while the Penguins played in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs before he was shut down because of headaches.

Crosby’s confidants believes those headaches were the result of a sinus infection and not a recurrence of concussion symptoms.

The workouts do not guarantee Crosby will be ready for training camp in September, and he has yet to receive medical clearance for physical contact.

If Crosby can get through the summer without any setbacks, and with Evegeni Malkin progressing way ahead of schedule, the Penguins could enter the season with their superstars healthy and ready to go. The trio of Crosby, Malkin, and Jordan Staal played just two games together in 2010-11 before a concussion ended Crosby’s season in January and knee injuries claimed Malkin’s campaign in February.

Erik Cole’s first impression [première impression]

Erik Cole met the Montreal media for the first time on Thursday, and he began by saying “I am proud to play for a team that has such passionate fans”… in French. Now THAT’S how you make a first impression. Cole showed off his No. 72 sweater and talked about the thrill of playing in front of Montreal fans:

“Playing in that building…there was always something special about it, an aura that you sensed every time you played there. The arena, the city and the fans, there’s such an energy in Montreal. It’s nice to be here and nice to get this chance. It’s strange how things work out. I’m just thrilled.”

Bill Watters and AM640′s response to “3rd of July parade guy” comment is um, pathetic

Pension Plan Puppets has an email from Corus Radio in response to the comments made by Bill Watters regarding Cody Franson that came off sounding homophobic and/or anti-gay. The radio station defended its host:

Bill Watters tried to clarify his remark with the phrase “he likes to enjoy the good life” – meaning he likes to have a good time or, in popular vernacular, “to party”.

Seriously, that’s what you came up with? Two days after Canada Day and the day before July 4th is now the designated day to reference when insinuating that someone likes to party? Ok, then.

Knuckles!

A pair of punchers found new homes on Thursday as the Calgary Flames added the over hyphenated Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond via trade with the New Jersey Devils. The Devils in turn replaced his fists by signing Cam Janssen to a one-year deal.

This week in Israeli highlight reel goals

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