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Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:22 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:32 pm
 
Crosby has two goals and 10 assists in eight games this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Sidney Crosby has one again been cleared for contact and could be returning very soon. How soon? Perhaps as soon as Sunday.

"I'll give myself days with contact," Crosby said. "We have two more practices this week. No sooner than Sunday, I would say, but I'm not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork. I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point.

"The big step is contact. Hopefully, I can do that for a few days and get back out there."

If he does make his return on Sunday it will come against the Boston Bruins -- NBC already has it scheduled to be the national game of the week. The interesting angle there, of course, is that it was against the Bruins that Crosby played his last game.

Crosby has been practicing with his Penguins teammates for a while but there were no updates coming from the Penguins about his status until after the team's skate on Tuesday. That's when Crosby revealed he has been cleared.

You'll remember that Crosby played eight games earlier this season after sitting out for nearly a full year because of a concussion. He returned to the sideline later with what many were assuming was another concussion. It was later discovered that Crosby had a neck issue that was causing many of the problems since its symptoms can be very similar to those of a concussion.

If -- and this remains an If until Crosby is able to return for an extended time -- he is healthy, is there any question that the Penguins will be one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup? They already have the second best record in the Eastern Conference with Crosby out for all but eight games thus far.

As he showed earlier this season, it shouldn't take long at all for him to get back into top form -- which makes him in my and plenty of other's opinions the best player in the league.

"I've been through this before. Contact is the big step," Crosby said. "It's nice to be symptom free, but it's not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon."

It might not be a great day for the rest of the league per se, but it's a great day for hockey.

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Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 8:36 am
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Retire already!
Thank you for your commentary doctor. 



Since: Sep 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:14 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

I think getting Crosby back will def be a plus. Adds more depth to a team I think is on there way to the cup. Malkin is purely a beast this year as well as Flower. I would keep the Neal, Kunitz, and Malkin line together, Im thinking Crosby, Sullivan, and Dupuis, and then Staal, Kennedy, and Cooke line should return. Pens4Cup 2012



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:47 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Crosby = Lindros



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:05 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

It would be great for Sidney to come back.  It does not guarantee success, but I agree with the article that if back and healthy the Pens have to be the favorites in the East.  Rangers, Bruins and a few others are good teams though and anything can happen.




Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Retire already! Its gonna keep happening until someday he doesnt recognize anyone.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:33 pm
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

I'd still rather see Peyton stay... oh, wait sorry.  I'm so used to talking about Peyton these days.

Good news, I hope he can stay on the ice a while this time.  Sucks to see that kind of talent out of the game, regardless of sport.



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:41 am
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

well i'm happy as a hockey fan that he is cleared to play again.  he is such an awsome player to watch if you watch him in a game where he is not playing your team lol.    

go rangers! 







Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:30 am
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

don't breath too hard around him ... suspensions or jail time is looming via gary.





Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:45 am
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

Even if he has been cleared for contact, cleared to play. The Pens would be absolutely out of their minds to play him against Boston. Easily one of the toughest and most physical teams in the league. He probably won't be playing his regular 20mins anyway. Missing 1 more game is nothing.



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:18 am
 

Crosby cleared for contact, could play on Sunday

This is definitely good for Sidney Crosby and Penguin fans everywhere.

Without Crosby the Penguins are already scoring plenty of points and are also playing pretty good defense.  Crosby's return should make the Penguin's the most feared team in the East.  If they don't surpass the Rangers before the season ends I think that they are very well set in the playoffs because this gives Crosby the time to get game ready without being frayed like many players will be by the time the playoffs arrive.

The Penguins are definitely in a sweet spot to get one of the best players in the NHL just before the playoffs, which is the complete opposite of where they were entering the playoffs last year.


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