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Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2011 2:59 pm

Sidney Crosby was cleared by doctors to participate in game-day skates and will join the Pittsburgh Penguins on their current trip.

Crosby will be on the ice with his teammates Thursday for the first time since a concussion forced him out of the lineup on Jan. 5. The Pens' two-game trip takes them to Tampa Bay (Thursday) and Florida (Saturday). Game-day skates are typically non-contact.

"I have no expectations of him coming back and playing in the regular season. That’s not going to happen," Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero told reporters Wednesday.  "In terms of playing in the playoffs for us, that’s something that’s still two or three weeks away (from exploring)."

In fact, Pat Brisson, Crosby's agent, tells that there has been no talk about a return date. Crosby has been followed closely by team physician Charles Burke and concussion expert Michael Collins, who would have to first OK Crosby's return to full-contact practices. 

“Everybody involved recognizes that this takes time," Brisson said. "We haven’t even come to a point where it’s been discussed when he can return to contact hockey. There have not been any discussions among the medical staff, Dr. Collins, myself, Ray Shero and Sidney about when he’s coming back to play. Not at all.”

Still, Brisson said Wednesday's news is surely welcome.

“This is a nice step and we’re going in the direction toward his recovery," he said. "Still, we’re not jumping to any conclusions here. He’ll be able to participate in some sessions with his teammates, but not all of them.”

Crosby has done individual, on-ice workouts since March 14, upping the duration of each session over time. He did not skate today, although this was a scheduled day off. 

Shero said he doesn't expect Crosby to endanger himself by coming back too soon. 

"He knows his injury at this point," Shero said. "My expectation at this point is that he’s not going to push himself too much, but he’ll push himself enough where he feels good and if he doesn’t he’ll pull back a little bit."

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2011 2:00 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Why not Lemieux did it twenty years ago, and even though there is no return date I am banking he will be back because why would he even skate if he wasnt planning to come back?

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:57 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Has anybody heard of this much time missed because of a first concussion? Jeez heaven forbid he gets a second he might miss 2 seasons is unfortunate tho, as much as i dont like him i would have liked to see how many points he woulda finished with bc he was DESTROYING the league. 

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

I don't think he will play again this year, it's doesn't make sense to just to jump into play-off hockey after sitting out all this time.

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