Shero: Sidney Crosby has not 'shut down' offseason training
The occasional recurrence of concussion symptoms has not forced Penguins superstar center Sidney Crosby to "shut down" his offseason training, general manager Ray Shero said late Sunday.
"There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he's had to shut it down or anything," Shero said, noting that he was in contact with Crosby over the weekend. "He's pushed himself, which is good."
Crosby, who last played an NHL game Jan. 5 and was diagnosed with a concussion the next day, has not been cleared for contact by Dr. Michael Collins of UPMC — though Shero stressed that clearance is not expected to be sought until at least a week before training camp opens Sept. 16.
"There's never been a situation where he's needed to be cleared to play," Shero said.
Crosby remains cleared to train regularly, except for contact, and he has engaged in workouts at various rinks near his offseason home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, since mid-July.
He will not be "pushed" to join the Penguins for on-ice practices at the start of camp or even when the regular season opens at Vancouver on Oct. 6, Shero said.
"I'm only interested in making sure he's comfortable when he returns to play, end of story," Shero said. "I'm about the bigger picture with this thing."
Crosby has "seemed good" during their conversations, Shero said.
Neither Crosby nor his agent, Pat Brisson, could be reached for comment.
Shero did not plan to address Crosby's status, but the Internet was abuzz with speculation after a Twitter post by "NHL Home Ice" radio producer Josh Rimer yesterday that stated Crosby would not be ready to start the season.
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.
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