PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby
isn't wearing a Pittsburgh Penguins
jersey these days as he sits out again with concussion issues. That doesn't mean he's not wearing the captain's "C".
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma
said Crosby remains an important part of the team despite being out of the lineup because of concussion-related problems for the second time this year.
After sitting out for nearly 11 months, Crosby played eight games from Nov. 21-Dec. 5 before the concussion-related symptoms returned. He hasn’t practiced since Dec. 7.
"Sid is around. He is light exercising and doing that with the team. He's a part of our meetings. On non-game days he's around and a part of our team, just like Paul Martin
and Kris Letang
," Bylsma said Thursday. "It's unfortunate for guys that are out for long periods of time, but they're in and around our team. Sid's in and around our team. He's got a good demeanor about being around the guys."
Martin, a defenseman sidelined with a lower-body injury, is expected to return soon. But the Penguins have offered no hints when Crosby or Letang will be back. Letang, one of the NHL's top offensive-minded defensemen, hasn't played since breaking his nose and receiving a concussion against the Canadiens on Nov. 26.
Neither Crosby nor Letang are skating, which would be the first step in their return.