It was rumored on Josh Rimer’s Twitter post that Sidney Crosby is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. Rimer tweeted that Crosby is said to be having setbacks. Rimer claims that Crosby will not be ready for the start of the 2011-2012 season. One has to wonder how much truth is behind Rimer’s post or whether he is just trying to cause a stir.
Crosby has been working out with long time trainer Andy O’Brien in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It has been rumored that Crosby has worked just as hard, if not harder, than he has in past summers due to the fact that he has never before been completely shut down by an injury.
Penguins GM Ray Shero continues to display a calm demeanor in front of the media when answering questions regarding Crosby’s concussion status.
“With Sidney, he has progressed really well this summer. He’s happy with his progress. Training camp is a month away, so there’s no expectation for me that he won’t be ready or will be ready. He’ll probably be in a week before camp starts, and we’ll evaluate him then to see how he’s doing.
Crosby has continued to follow his same workout regimen as he has in past off-seasons, according to Shero.
“All in all, it’s been a good summer for him and getting back home and really getting back into his workout routines on and off the ice, so we’ll see what the next month brings us for training camp and of course, for the regular season,” said Shero.
“I think he has had some symptoms on and off depending on how hard he’s pushed himself and he’s pushed himself pretty hard this summer which is the good news, but that’s to be expected with this injury. He’s never had to get to the point where he’s had to shut himself down or anything. The good news is that he continues to work out.”
Shero also added, “One thing I do know about these concussions, not every concussion is alike, every two is different. I think we had 4 concussions last year. We had 3 guys with Asham, Tangradi and Nick Johnson come back in a certain period of time. Sid’s been awhile, but you see guys whether it’s Bergeron in Boston or Bouchard in Minnesota, they miss significant time (but) they do come back and play.”
As was the case last season, Crosby’s long-term health and hockey career is the first priority of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Shero reiterated the same point as he did last year that there is no timetable for Crosby’s return.
“The thing for me and for the organization is the bigger picture with Sidney Crosby, making sure that he is 100 percent cleared and ready to play when he does come back,” said Shero. “He’s not going to be pushed to come back to practice or play.
“I want to make sure a year from now, three years from now, five years from now that he’s still the best player in the league and take the appropriate steps and back him, and go from there.
Just like last season, fans will have to wait and see. Everyone had their hopes high that Crosby was going to make a playoff return. Shero is trying to calm down the situation but he won’t have any definite answers until the Penguins begin the 2011-12 season against the Vancouver Canucks.
The scary thing is that fans know that Evgeni Malkin, minus any injury, will be making his return at the start of the season. Malkin’s return is set in stone.
If Crosby doesn’t step on the pond for the first game of the season there is reason for concern. At the same time, there is never a definite answer as to when someone’s concussion-like symptoms will disappear for good. Crosby may need an entire 12 months to fully recover from his concussion and if that is the case, we’ll see Sid in 2012.
For the sake of the NHL and the sake of the Penguins, let’s hope Sidney Crosby is ready to tear up the league at Rogers Arena on October 6th, where he won Canada an Olympic Gold Medal.