The 24-year-old stated on Saturday that he didn't expect to play when the Penguins begin their 2011-12 season on Thursday at Vancouver. That was confirmed when he was officially sent to IR on Monday -- which means the franchise icon will be out of action for at least seven days.
However, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported over the weekend that the Pens' captain is still likely to travel with the club during their season-opening three-game western Canadian road trip, which also includes dates in Calgary and Edmonton. He has also been skating with the team during practice.
Pittsburgh returns on October 11 for its home opener against the Florida Panthers.