By: Adam Gretz
As was expected, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby skated by himself on Friday morning as he continues his most recent attempt to return to the lineup.
He's been out since a December 5 against Boston, and there's been little said regarding his condition, status or when he can reasonably be expected to return to game action. That silence, which has been deafening at times, has been frustrating for many, and recently there have been reports surfacing that the frustration has reached the Penguins' locker room.
On Friday morning Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review penned a column that touched on the subject, and dropped this nugget into the mix:
But let me lay this out now: The Penguins, the public and, yes, Crosby all need to learn how to handle this situation better in the future.The biggest thing there is, obviously, is the last part, and that would certainly be something if it actually happened.
That begins with the locker room.
A few, certainly not all, of Crosby's teammates are of the mind that he's been symptom-free for a while, though they have no medical basis for that. Some think he should be playing. Some simply think he should be doing more to communicate, or at least be as visible as concussed defenseman Kris Letang.
Last week in Pittsburgh, according to three sources, a group of players held a 45-minute meeting to discuss a temporary captaincy. Another source disputed that any such meeting occurred.
So what did the Penguins do on Friday when they hit the ice in Miami for their morning skate prior to their game against the Panthers? Every player on the roster appeared on the ice wearing a "C" on their jersey (except for Evgeni Malkin, who is Russian -- he had a "K" on his), a move that Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette said the players made clear was to "support Crosby and have some fun."
If there is any dissension in the ranks, they're certainly doing a good job of hiding it here.
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