Bylsma could address Sidney Crosby's status tomorrow
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is expected to address the status of superstar center Sidney Crosby today during an appearance as a guest instructor at the team's annual summer youth hockey school at Robert Morris University's Island Sports Center.
Neither the team nor members of Crosby's camp are commenting on a Twitter post from an "NHL Home Ice" radio producer on Sunday that stated Crosby would not be ready to play when the Penguins open the regular season Oct. 6 at Vancouver.
Neither Crosby nor his agent, Pat Brisson, could be reached for comment Sunday. However, multiple sources within Crosby's camp said the Penguins would be the party to address Crosby's status.
On his Twitter page (@JoshRimerHockey), Josh Rimer is identified as an "NHL Home Ice Producer on SiriusXM Radio & Hockey Blogger for www.nextsportstar.com." As part of his Twitter bio, Rimer "also (sets) up Player Signings for AJ Sportsworld."
Rimer posted this message just before noon Sunday: "Also hearing from 3 sources now that Sidney Crosby won't b ready 2 start season. I hope its not true because the NHL needs its best players!"
Other hockey web sites, including the official site of NBC Sports, picked up Rimer's tweet and based stories on it.
"I stand by my Tweet," Rimer told the Tribune-Review late Sunday night, though he would not identify his sources.
Crosby, who did not play last season after he was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6, was cleared for regular offseason training by UPMC's Dr. Michael Collins in June. Crosby had been training near his offseason home in Halifax, Nova Scotia — though he had not yet received clearance to engage in contact drills.
The Penguins were optimistic about Crosby's progress, but general manager Ray Shero has never said Crosby would definitely be cleared to resume contact practices by the start of training camp in about a month.
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