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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: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 10:53 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Maybe next year...

Since: Apr 17, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 3:25 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

It totally sucked watching Crosby get blasted out of this season.  He was crushing the league in points.  It really made watching hockey great.  
I hope he comes back when he's ready... not sooner.  I hope the Pens can make it without him until then...

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 11:00 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Sid's return is a great thing for all of hockey. Never one for being misjudged as a Pens fan, hockey needs the young faces of the league. His return is a great thing. That being said, Philfan is right- teams go after weaknesses and no Cooke in the line-up for the first round, it would be worth a suspension to a goon from another team to get him knocked out for the playoffs... I don't think he will sit for the playoffs. He is a competitor and he will go all out....

Since: Oct 16, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:37 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

I have made no attempt at being an online "tough guy", I'm just telling it like it is.  I must admit I am flattered by all of you Pens fans quoting my posts.If Sid knows what is good for him, he wont play against the Flyers (or any other team in this playoffs).  Teams go for weaknesses on opposing players, even more than in the regular season.  Sid's head is an obvious weakness, and all teams will be going after it.Your point about the "key pieces" of the Flyers being "far less talented" is a bit off base as far as value to their team (minus shootouts), your point on number of games, etc. is just whiny excuses.  THe playoffs are not a skills competition, and there is no shootout, only head-smashing action.Quoting playoff hockey history also does nothing to reinforce your point, it only makes you look sorry. I am speaking in terms of TODAY, where we live now.  There is plenty of positive and negative history for both teams vs. each other in the playoffs, and I am betting that you weren't such a fan when things weren't going the Pens way.Good luck getting past Tampa (and their "pathetic" defense).

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:17 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

should provide a spark for the Pens unless the role players relax thinking they can rely on Crosby to carry the offense now.

Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:15 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

Flyers have been without key pieces for stretches this year, and are still leading the conference, and will be till the end

The Flyers "key pieces" that you speak of are far less talented than the "key pieces" the Pens have been without AND the duration that the Flyers have been without "key pieces" has been much shorter than the duration for the Pens. The Pens Top 3 Centers have missed over 100 games - that's 100 man-games without our top 2 scorers and/or our best two way shutdown centerman and Penalty Killer. That's not quite the same as Danny Briere sitting out 3 games with a Yeast Infection, and yet the Penguins have remained right on your heels near the top of the East without that talent. So to say "if only Sid were here" is a legit argument - the Pens have been able to hang around with the Flyers and Caps atop the East without Sid - I'm not saying "if only Sid were here we would be the top seed" I'm saying right now the Caps and Flyers are slightly better than the Pens, BUT IF SID COMES BACK FOR THE PLAYOFFS it may be just enough to tip the scales.

I want to see the Flyers and the Pens meet in the playoffs, send the Pens home, and see Sid's face in the pressbox afterward.  I'm pretty confident that that's about how it would go down, so hopefully they get past Tampa

Be careful what you wish for tough guy - I don't think it's worked out quite like that the last couple times the two have met in playoff hockey. Just remember that 3 goal lead in game 6 on home ice only to watch it slip away...

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:56 am

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

I think that before Sid the Kid returns to playing full time again, that maybe he should play a game or two with the Scranton/Wilkes-barre Penguins.  You know, to be sure that he is back into game shape and all.  I think that April 10th would be the perfect opportunity to do that.  AND.....It just so happens that I have tickets to that game, hmmmmm, that would work out nice I think!  Yes, Yes it would!

Since: Nov 25, 2008
Posted on: March 30, 2011 11:50 pm

Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team

I wonder if his contract had a clause that stated that he is not allowed to play if he is not 100% healthy???  He IS the face of the franchise and I imagine Mario wants Crosby to retire a Penguin, later rather than sooner.  I would not be surprised if that clause existed.  Glad he is back, Go Pens!!!

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