Crosby (concussion) resumed skating Saturday after staying off the ice Friday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports. "It was a good day off for Sid," coach Mike Sullivan said.
It seemed as though Crosby might be progressing last week but his status hasn't changed. The organization has no need to rush Crosby back with 77 regular-season games remaining on the docket.
Friday will mark two weeks since Crosby got "tangled up" during practice. His fantasy owners have to hope his star center's absence from the ice Thursday is nothing more than a day off, but we won't know for sure until Friday. The
Crosby has yet to be cleared for contract, which will be the next big step in his recovery. The Pens continue to insist the center is day-to-day but he has been out of the lineup for all four games this season. Given his importance to the team's success and his history of concussions, the team is unlikely to rush the 29-year-old back. At this point, it would probably be a large mistake to drop Crosby in season-long leagues as he seems to be trending in the right direction.
Coach Mike Sullivan indicated Tuesday that Crosby (concussion) could return to practice Wednesday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Crosby has been sidelined since early October with the concussion, but recent reports suggested he's been moving in the right direction. This further bolsters that case, and it's possible the Penguins will have their star back on the practice ice sheet in the near future. The team should update his status again in the morning, but his next chance to return would come Thursday against the Sharks. He still needs medical clearance before returning to the lineup.
Crosby (concussion) may be getting closer to an eventual return to action. "He is making progress," coach Mike Sullivan said. "Our hope is here that he can make a big step this week."
The Penguins coach didn't specify what the next step entails, but Crosby will likely need to take part in several full practices before coming back to play. His status continues to be called day-to-day though he's missed more than one week.