Penguins GM: Shutting Crosby down 'never been discussed'
Tuesday arrived for the Penguins with no relief from continued speculation on Internet social media sites that superstar center Sidney Crosby has experienced setbacks in his recovery from a concussion.
Those reports, in addition to increased rumors that Crosby will miss the rest of this season, are untrue.
"It's never been discussed, never been thought of," Penguins general manager Ray Shero said of Crosby not returning from a concussion that has prevented him from playing since Jan. 5.
Crosby missed his 14th consecutive game last night when the Penguins played Columbus at Consol Energy Center. They are 8-5-1 without him.
He is with family at an undisclosed warm-weathered climate, where he is continuing what the Penguins have described as "functional rehab" that includes light exercises. He has not been cleared for workouts.
A post on social media site Twitter yesterday indicated Crosby "tried a light workout and immediately saw black dots and stars," and that he is "not even close to start light workouts again."
Multiple representatives from Crosby's camp denied that Twitter post from Mike Brophy, an NHL columnist for sportsnet.ca out of Canada.
Shero stressed patience regarding Crosby's recovery from a concussion that has left him with symptoms that still include occasional headaches.
The Penguins are trying to give Crosby space and keep him from focusing on hockey.
"I don't call Sidney Crosby every day and ask him how he's feeling," Shero said. "I haven't asked him how he's feeling once. It's not like he's coming back from a head injury or a shoulder injury and it's, 'Hey, how you doing — we've got this update from our trainers?'
"We just need be patient, and when he feels better, there's probably something to update in terms of progressing. To me, it's not about a time frame, it's about patience."