| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pens not optimistic Crosby will play in playoff opener

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Rob Rossi podcasts

  • Loading...
Friday, April 8, 2011

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Though he continues to participate in non-contact practices with the Penguins, superstar center Sidney Crosby is short on time regarding a return for the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs next week.

After a morning practice today, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma reiterated that there is no timetable for Crosby's return.

"He has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play," Bylsma said. "I don't know how fast that's going to happen. I don't know if that's going to happen.

"Considering he has a couple more steps to go through it seems like anything in the immediate future is out of the question."

Crosby hasn't played since Jan. 5 while recovering from a concussion, and the Penguins are 21-13-5 without him heading into a game tonight against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

The Stanley Cup playoffs open Wednesday, though the Penguins' opponent and date for Game 1 remains to be determined.

Crosby, still the team leader with 32 goals and 66 points, was cleared for non-contact practices March 29. He must be cleared by doctors for full practices then full contact and remain symptom free after those steps before he can play.

He returned to the ice March 14 after not engaging in much strenuous activity since his concussion diagnosis Jan. 6.

Crosby, per team policy with injured players, was not available for comment after the practice today.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Body found in Allegheny River in Harrison
  2. Pitt falls flat in finale loss to Miami
  3. Barefoot toddlers found wandering in Uniontown Hospital lot
  4. Juvenile accused in Uniontown store burglary
  5. Penn Hills School Board fires former director of business affairs
  6. Coroner’s office responds to crash at pond in Beaver County
  7. Penn Hills board action gives school district option of tax hike beyond state index
  8. Steelers plan to use smart pass rush against Seattle QB Wilson
  9. At least 3 cops shot near Colo. Planned Parenthood clinic; gunman loose
  10. Steelers notebook: Linebacker Timmons hoping for contract extension
  11. Pitt’s Young taking a pass, improving his all-around game