Sidney Crosby was on the ice this morning, skating in full Pittsburgh Penguins gear for the first time since suffering a conconssion in early January.
“I feel good. It’s really early. It’s just part of progress and trying to get better,” Crosby, who has missed the last 29 games, told PittsburghPenguins.com. “I felt pretty good doing some light workouts. I was told I had the opportunity to skate. I went out there for 15 minutes to see how I felt. No real plan going forward. I felt good, so that’s a good sign.”
Crosby said he has been symptom-free for a few days, but there remains no timetable for his return.
“I may not feel great this afternoon and not be able to skate tomorrow,” Crosby said. “The only reason I was able to skate today is because I’ve had some good days here, done a little bit of exercise and got through that. That doesn’t mean there are any guarantees. It’s just a progression. I’ve been symptom free the last few days. That doesn’t mean that when I exert myself that I won’t have symptoms. That could always happen. That’s pretty normal when you have that. It’s a process and we’ll see how things go.”
The return of Crosby to the ice for practice comes as NHL general managers begin meeting today in Boca Raton, Fla., to discuss to discuss the state of the game and player safety. Specifically, they’ll address head hits and concussions. In addition to the loss of Crosby for a significant period of time, the league’s handling of a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara on Montreal Canadians forward Max Pacioretty has drawn an enormous amount of attention and discussion.