Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says aching wrist doing better

| Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 7:27 p.m.

ESTERO, Fla. — Penguins center Sidney Crosby's right wrist appears to be on the road to recovery.

The reigning NHL MVP said Friday he's pleased with the way his wrist has responded to treatment over the summer and is eager for training camp to begin as the Penguins try to recover from a second-round collapse in the playoffs.

“It's good,” said Crosby, who started skating at the end of July. “You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine.”

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford and Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, have said the wrist injury would not have a long-term impact or prevent Crosby from starting training camp on time.

Crosby led the NHL with 104 points on his way to a second Hart Trophy as the league's top player but scored just one goal in 13 playoff games as the Penguins fell to the New York Rangers in seven games after blowing a 3-1 lead. He insisted in the aftermath he was healthy, only to reveal he had been dealing with the wrist for the latter part of the season.

The 27-year-old considered surgery before opting to wait and see whether further treatment would work. He looked fine skating alongside fellow NHL players Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Jonathan Tavares and Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders, and Toronto's David Clarkson under the direction of trainer Matt Belfry.

Crosby likened the workouts to “hockey school” because it allows players to focus on fundamentals and individual skill work.

The camp also gave Crosby a chance to hang out with rookie of the year and good friend Nathan MacKinnon. Both former No. 1 overall picks hail from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

Crosby is well versed in what it takes to cope with being deemed a franchise savior, not that MacKinnon needs much help after scoring 63 points and helping the Avalanche back to the postseason.

“I can relate to a lot of things he's going through,” Crosby said. “You see the way he's playing the first year with the Calder Trophy.”

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