Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, the No. 1 pick in June, will return to his junior team in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The move came several days after the team signaled it didn't plan to send Fleury back to juniors. With Fleury nearing the 25-game mark that would give him a chance to collect $3-million in bonuses, the Penguins made the move.
"Certainly, finances are in the back of our minds all the time," general manager Craig Patrick said. "We can't afford to lose a lot of money, but we just felt for a 19-year-old kid, it's best for him to get back into his own element with his peers."
"It's not the bonus. I never really had much money," said Fleury, who is 4-14-2 with a 3.64 goals-against average in 21 games. "I'm very grateful to the Penguins. They gave me a chance to be part of the team for a while."
RANGERS: Eric Lindros went to Montreal to be examined after his eighth concussion. The results were not available. Lindros, out indefinitely, was injured Wednesday when he took a hit from Washington's Jason Doig.