Crosby during the Winter Classic in January. (Brian Babineau / NHLIVIA GETTY IMAGES)

The speculation about Crosby has been rampant, mushrooming to include the seemingly ridiculous possibility that, at the age of 24, he might retire from the game. The Penguins, when asked about that, weren’t saying anything about the reason for the press conference — perhaps it’s as innocuous as Alex Ovechkin’s presser announcing a deal with Bauer. But Crosby isn’t Ovechkin; Crosby has not been cleared for contact since he suffered the one-two punch of hits by David Steckel of the Capitals in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 5. And three weeks ago he backed off training when his concussion symptoms returned, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Although Crosby was cleared to work out on the ice in July, he was unable to do “90 percent exertion” without the headaches returning, the Penguins said Aug. 24. His workouts were altered, the team added, and he was advised to see concussion specialists.

Crosby recently released a statement through the Penguins in which he said he appreciates the support he has received “from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization. I know they only want the best for my health, and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action.” hints there. The Penguins did confirm to Yahoo’s Greg Wyshynski that Crosby would attend the NHL media tour after his press conference. The team would not say where he would go after that and so the speculation continues.Wyshynski’s scenarios? Crosby would miss the start of camp Sept. 16. Or the start of the season Oct. 6. Or the entire season, in order to get healthy. He will not, though, retire. He is due to make $16 million through 2013.

Which leaves everyone to wonder: What will Sidney Crosby say?