Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
joined the team on its current road trip and is expected to begin light skating Friday. Crosby will be on the ice following the Penguins’ morning skate Friday at Florida.
Crosby, who has not been cleared to play according to general manager Ray Shero, is taking a step in the right direction. But Shero said the team is still beIng cautious with his condition and there is no timetable for his return.
“I’m happy he’s joining the team on the trip,” Shero said. “Sid is a hockey player and he wants to play hockey. He wanted to join our team because we’re in a tough stretch. He badly wants to play and be out there. But he’s not cleared to play. We want to be very careful. Once he’s cleared to play, he’ll be the most excited guy on the ice.”
Crosby missed 61 games after suffering a concussion in January 2011. He returned to the ice Nov. 21 and posted 12 points (2G-10A) in eight contests before suffering from concussion-like symptoms. Crosby has missed the Pens' past 14 games.
Crosby has been doing light exercises in the weight room and on the bike, but will hit the ice for the first time since having concussion-like symptoms following Pittsburgh’s Dec. 5 game against Boston.
“We’ve been through a lot with concussions,” Shero said. “I know this injury and what it takes to come back from it. Every player is different. We’re getting more educated throughout the league. It requires patience.”
Patient is what the Penguins will be until Crosby returns. But the person who most desperately wants Crosby to be back on the ice is Sidney himself.
is a hockey player. He wants to be on the ice,” Shero said. “He’s frustrated. As captain you want to help your team in best of times, let alone a tough streak. He feels that responsibility. When he’s cleared to play he’ll play. We can’t wait to have him back.”