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Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan Defends Sidney Crosby’s White House Decision

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Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby has come under fire, receiving a rash of criticism over his support of the team taking part in a visit to the White House.

Criticism from fans. From players. From media.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan defended his player and defended the Pens’ decision to still make the trip to meet President Donald Trump.

“The fact that people seem to think Sid needs to bear this burden of responsibility is unfair,” Sullivan said, according to Sam Werner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The guy does nothing but come to the rink, help the Penguins win championships, and be a good person every day. That’s how we see it.”

Despite Crosby’s comments, Sullivan says that the team hasn’t really taken a stance on the issues at hand.

“I think that there appears to be a perception out there that because our organization has made a decision to accept the invitation to the White House that we have taken a stance on the issue when the reality is it’s just the opposite. We haven’t taken any stance,” Sullivan said.

“There appears to be a perception we have. It’s wrong.”

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Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky Will Not Dress Due To Team Incident

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that veteran goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not dress for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators due to what is being described as an “incident”.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated the following:

“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game. This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

In corresponding moves, the Blue Jackets has recalled Jean-Francois Berube, and placed both Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen on injured reserve.

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Leafs’ Frederik Andersen Targeting Saturday Return

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Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Frederik Andersen said that he is eyeing the team’s upcoming game against the Boston Bruins on Saturday to make his return to the ice.

Andersen was placed on injured reserve on January 3rd, retroactive to December 23rd, and hasn’t played since December 22nd.

Despite his goal of a Saturday return, Maple Leafs’ head coach Mike Babcock is looking towards Monday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche as the best time for his return.

Babcock pours a little cold water on Andersen’s reveal, saying it might be Monday vs. Colorado. Hmmm…— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) January 9, 2019

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