Penguins captain Crosby offers support to teammate Letang
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Penguins center Sidney Crosby has answered concussion questions for months, but now he's the one asking them. Crosby said Tuesday that he asks Kris Letang almost daily about his recovery. Letang has been out since Feb. 29 with concussion symptoms.
"It's hard not to (ask)," Crosby said. "You care about how guys are doing. It's not something where you're prying. You're not asking 15 questions, but you ask how he's doing each day and hopefully see an improvement."
Letang was injured when hit in the head by Dallas left wing Eric Nystrom. Letang had suffered a concussion in November, but Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Tuiesday that this injury was not yet diagnosed as another concussion. Letang participated Tuesday in light off-ice workouts.
"He's feeling better, doing well," Bylsma said, "but still having symptoms in some areas." The All-Star defenseman missed nearly two months after a Nov. 26 hit by Montreal's Max Pacioretty left him concussed. "I'm sure he's tired of me asking how he feels," Crosby said. "I'm just trying to be supportive. I know what he's going through.
"I think he's had a great attitude about it. Guys who have gone through this, I think you get to learn what's important, what you need and how you treat it. He knows his body well, and I'm sure he knows what he's got to do to get back. Hopefully in a matter of time he'll be back out there with us."
> > A statue honoring Penguins Hall of Fame owner Mario Lemieux will be unveiled at noon Wednesday outside Consol Energy Center. The artwork, titled "Le Magnifique," will stand at the Trib Total Media gate, which faces Centre Avenue and Civic Arena. The free event is open to the public.
> > Injured backup goalie Brent Johnson, out since suffering an undisclosed injury Feb. 23, returned to practice. Bylsma said Johnson was not fully recovered but will continue practicing. Marc-Andre Fleury was given the day off, so Johnson and rookie goalie Brad Thiessen handled practice.
> > Missing for maintenance days were Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Steve Sullivan, Brooks Orpik and Jordan Staal. Also missing were Letang, Dustin Jeffrey (illness) and Deryk Engelland (lower-body injury).
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 confident Pouliot will be healthy, ready for camp
- Penguins GM insists new coach Johnston was no afterthought
- Rossi: Time with Penguins taught Bylsma importance of stability
- Penguins alumni rally to help Mitch Wilson, who is fighting ALS
- Penguins coach says team needs to ‘lessen the load’ on Crosby
- Penguins goalie Fleury likely to enter season without new contract