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Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

Posted on: August 15, 2011 9:10 am
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:54 pm
CrosbyBy: Adam Gretz

Following another series of conflicting reports on Sidney Crosby's status for the start of the upcoming season, Penguins general manager Ray Shero addressed the status of his captain late Sunday night.

Said Shero, via Rob Rossi of the Tribune Review, Crosby has still had symptoms as a result of the concussion that prematurely ended his 2010-11 season, but nothing that's forced him to shut down his offseason workouts. He also pointed out that he's yet to have a situation this offseason where he's needed to be cleared to play.

Shero later addressed the media on Monday, expounding on what Rossi wrote.

"Training camp is a month away, so there's no expectation for me that he won't be ready or will be ready," Shero said. "He's doing his usual routine. He'll probably be in a week before camp starts. We'll evaluate him then.

"I think [Sid] has had some symptoms on and off depending on how hard he's pushed himself. Sid has pushed himself pretty hard this summer, which is the good news. Sid has never had to get to the point where he’s had to shut himself down or anything. That's the good news.

"The thing for me and for the organization is the bigger picture with Sidney Crosby. We want to make sure Sid is 100 percent cleared & ready to play when he does come back. He's not going to be pushed."

It had been a quite a while since the Penguins made any statement regarding Crosby, but after Josh Rimer, the NHL Home Ice Producer for Sirius XM Radio, reported that he heard from three different sources that the Penguins captain may not be ready for the start of the season, the conversation picked back up.

It's certainly nothing to downplay that Crosby is still apparently having some symptoms, but it's also worth noting that, at this point, it has little to do with his availability for the start of the regular season which is still nearly two months away. A lot can change in that time period (good and bad).

Without Crosby (and Evgeni Malkin, who was out with a knee injury) for half of the season the Penguins offense dropped significantly last season from years past, and ended up costing them in the postseason where they were eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games after jumping out to a 3-1 series lead. Malkin's rehab seems to be on track, but Crosby's remains a mystery surrounded with plenty of uncertainty.

At this point I'll believe he'll be back for the start of the season when he's on the ice and cleared for contact, and actually suited up on October 6th. On the other hand, I'll believe he won't be back when he's not on the ice on October 6th. Anything else is hard to believe at this point.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:42 am
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Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:07 am

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

Who was the guy that hit him?  I want to buy him a present!!!  Crosby's a punk!!

Since: Jul 3, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:07 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

I kept bashing him until i suffered a concussion in March.  I too am still having symptoms.  They seem to go away and then you exert yourself and they come back.  I actually take back all my Crosby bashing (well, about his concussion anyway).

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:24 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

Beach Bum...I see you have not recovered from your concussions....Oh wait....need a brain for that. Nothing Girly about somene who has concussions symptoms. Plain and simple, I do not like Sidney Crosby as a hockey player, but I am not going to call him Girly because of a brain injury.

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 1:22 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

@ NO.6  --  That plan doesn;t work...  They didn't sit Cooke as long as Savard has been out...

Besides, how can you blame Steckle AND Hedman...   If he was damaged from Steckle, he shouldn't have been playing against Hedman a couple days later.  Blame the Pitt doctors & coaching staff for clearing him.  If he was fine after the Steckle hit, how do you punish Steckle along with Hedman?

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:45 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

gee... a concussion while you already have a concussion!??!? whoda thunk it. 

nice evaluating there Pens medical and coaching staff. that's some good stuff.  

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:37 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

David Steckel & Victor Hedman are laughing right now. The former didn't even get two minutes while the latter got a measly minor. They should be forced to sit out until Sid gets healthy. No ifs and or buts. Sid loses, you clowns lose. That will teach cheap shot artists a lessson!

Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 4:07 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

Scary stuff.  Even though I'm a Pens hater and a Sid basher, I do hope he gets better.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 16, 2011 9:33 am

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

If Crosby does decide to retire I think it will be more upsetting to non-Penguin fans, they have done nothing but critisize and complain about the guy since he came into the league, this will leave a major void in there life here on CBS sports .

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:37 pm

Shero addresses Sidney Crosby status

What a girly man.
...types the guy on his keyboard from the comfort of his desk chair...

That's true bravado, Caps fan.

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