Pens' Crosby cleared to begin off-ice workouts
Penguins general manager Ray Shero noticed something about his club's superstar center Sidney Crosby when they met for a lunch with the coaching staff last week.
"He seemed really happy, really good ... (like) he is looking forward to being himself again," Shero said Thursday after confirming that Crosby has been cleared by team doctors to resume offseason off-ice workouts.
Crosby gained that clearance from Dr. Michael Collins of UPMC on Wednesday. He had not worked out in any form since late April, when his attempt to return from a concussion and play in the Stanley Cup playoffs was halted by the re-occurrence of headaches.
Shero said he "did not want to speculate" about the nature of those headaches, but Crosby's confidants have said those were the result of a sinus infection.
He had been cleared by Collins for non-contact practices in early April, leading to speculation from inside and outside of the organization that he could return at some point during the postseason.
Shero acknowledged the likelihood of Crosby playing in the playoffs "wasn't great ... but he wanted to give it a try, and that's what he was working so hard for."
Crosby could not be reached for comment and has returned to his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has not played since Jan. 5, when he absorbed a second blindside hit over a span of four days. Team doctors diagnosed him with a concussion Jan. 6.
At the time of his injury, Crosby paced the NHL with 32 goals and 66 points through 41 games -- a pace for career-best totals of 64 goals and 132 points.
The Penguins scored two or fewer goals in 26 games without him, including in five of seven first-round playoff games against Tampa Bay.
Shero expressed cautious optimism about Crosby's potential for a return to normal hockey activities by training camp in September.
Crosby, who will continue to check in with Dr. Collins while in Halifax, is expected to begin workouts with a personal trainer next week, according to his camp. In the past he has started on-ice workouts in late July, with the intensity of those ramping up throughout August.
"I guess we'll see how everything goes with him in the summer," Shero said. "It's the usual summer routine for him now."
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins goalie prospects push each other amid friendly competition
- AHL overtime rules create some confusion for Penguins prospects
- Penguins’ Dea impresses in rookie tournament opener
- Penguins’ Johnston eager to implement up-tempo style
- Penguins goalie Fleury, a free agent at end of season, wants to stay
- Recchi relishes new role with Penguins
- NHL becomes no-spin zone during shootouts
- Ex-Penguin Malone looking for 2nd chance
- Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought