While the Penguins got a day off Thursday in south Florida, general manager Ray Shero, who is not on this trip, kept busy talking about his slumping team and injured star center Sidney Crosby. The message was clear -- reason trumps panic.

Shero ditched a notion that has gained popularity among some fans on social media that calls for him to shelve Crosby and perhaps injured defenseman Kris Letang for the rest of the season and use the millions of dollars in resulting salary-cap space to make a big trade or two.

"I have to have it in my mind about what we might have coming back," Shero said. "Those guys are worth waiting for."