How about this: Joni Pitkanen on a wing? The defenseman was on a line with Eric Staal and Ray Whitney and in a forward's white jersey today at practice.
Rod Brind'Amour sat out the workout. So, too, Tuomo Ruutu.
UPDATE: Pitkanen was just a fill-in because of injuries, noting later that he had not played the wing "since I was a little guy."
Ruutu's situation is more concerning. He missed much of training camp, saying he had a groin injury, but coach Peter Laviolette indicated it may be more than a groin.
"I don't think it's his groin," he said. "I think it's ... the hip or somewhere in there. He checked out OK (but) we couldn't put him out there today.
"We gave him another day off. The most important thing is getting him healthy for the games coming up on the West Coast."
Brind'Amour was in the locker room today. Staying out of practice again was precautionary. ...
Rookie forward Zach Boychuk was out of the yellow no-contact jersey and into a regular jersey, cleared for contact. Laviolette said he would play quickly -- Friday against the Los Angeles Kings.
"It's an opportunity to take a look at him," Laviolette said. "He's been cleared to play. He looked good out there today.'
Laviolette said he had not decided on which line Boychuk would play. ...
Laviolette said Cam Ward would start in goal against the Kings but would not say if Ward would start both games in L.A.
"I have an idea in my head but not something I want to announce," he said.