While he's been encouraged by his progress, Pittsburgh Penguins
captain Sidney Crosby
will miss the team's season opener against the Vancouver Canucks
next Thursday night.
"No. I wouldn’t expect it, no," Crosby told reporters Saturday when asked if there was a realistic chance he would be ready for the Oct. 6 showdown at Rogers Arena. "I don’t think so."
Crosby hasn't played since January due to a concussion, but he has been skating with his teammates since training camp opened on Sept. 17. However, he still has not been cleared for contact.
"In terms of him and his rehab, I think it's positive," Pens coach Dan Bylsma
said. "We play next Thursday and it's a few short days away. We haven't progressed to the next level yet, so it's safe to say (he won't play)."
Penguins GM Ray Shero
also ruled Crosby out of the opener, and said there is no return date for him.
"Knock on wood, everything is progressing for him, it appears," Shero said. "On the ice he's practicing hard, and that's a big part of his recovery."
The Penguins will wrap up their exhibition schedule Sunday at Detroit, and Crosby will make the trip to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton for the opening games of the season.
Pittsburgh's home opener will take place on Oct. 11 against Florida.
"When we get back from the trip, maybe I'll see a doctor then," Crosby said. "Every day I just try to go as hard as I can. "Hopefully things will keep going as they're going."
Prior to the concussion, Crosby had 32 goals and 34 assists in just 41 games. His 66 points were enough to lead the 2010-11 Pens in scoring.
Material from wire services was used in this report.