Crosby might return to Penguins practice Wednesday

MONTREAL — Sidney Crosby could resume practicing as early as Wednesday.


It all depends, coach Mike Sullivan said, on how Crosby responds to a workout today in Pittsburgh.

“There’s a possibility, yes,” Sullivan said. “That’s something we certainly will evaluate overnight, and we’ll see where it goes from there.

“Obviously, that’s the next step in his progression, that he joins the team.”

Crosby, who has missed the first four games of the season while recovering from a concussion, did not accompany the Penguins here for their game against Montreal at the Bell Centre.

Praise for Weber

Canadien defenseman Shea Weber, acquired from Nashville for P.K. Subban in the most controversial and discussed trade of the offseason, was set to play his first regular-season home game at the Bell Center tonight.

Although Subban was a folk hero — at least — in this city, Penguins players seem to believe his outstanding two-way game will win over at least some Subban loyalists.

“If you could build a defenseman on NHL 2017 , you’d pick Shea Weber — a guy who is big and strong and can skate and can shoot the puck 100-plus miles per hour,” Penguins defenseman Ian Cole said. “Who can jump in the play while still playing solid defense.”

“He’s certainly a very special player, a generational-type player. He’s tough to play against, for sure.”

Weber has a powerful shot that generated 58 goals during the past three seasons.

“He can shoot the puck better than anybody in the game today,” Penguins defenseman Trevor Daley said. “That’s a big part of it.

“He’s a big, strong defenseman who can move the puck well and skate well. I think he’s going to be good for them.”

‘Pure, raw talent’

Although Weber is the Canadiens’ most prominent addition since last season, winger Alexander Radulov could turn out to be a high-impact acquisition, as well.

Montreal lured Radulov, who previously played for Nashville, back from Russia, believing that he could add a volatile dimension to its offense.

“You have a pure, raw talent in Radulov,” said Penguins goalie Mike Condon, who played in Montreal last season. “I skated with him for about a month [before training camp].

“The guy has so much talent. It’s going to be interesting to see how he does on the [smaller] North American ice again, but he certainly has a lot of talent.”

Radulov, 30, scored 26 goals for the Predators in 2007-08.

Sprong coming along

The Penguins have gotten some quality production from their young forwards in 2016, and that’s without a contribution from perhaps the most promising of all, winger Daniel Sprong.

He is recovering from shoulder surgery needed to repair an unspecified injury sustained while working out with the Penguins’ “Black Aces” during the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring.

Sprong is expected to be sidelined for a little more than two more months, and it’s impossible to predict how long he will need to return to his pre-injury form.

“His rehab has come along really well, but he’s not going to be available, probably, until the first of January,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “That’s what was expected after he had surgery.”

Dave Molinari: and Twitter @MolinariPG

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