That Sidney Crosby will not be participating in the NHL All-Star Game shouldn’t really come as a surprise to anyone that’s been keeping tabs on his status while he recovers from a concussion. That doesn’t make it any less disappointing, but it’s official nonetheless; Crosby will not attend the NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Raleigh, N.C.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero on the decision via the team’s official website:
“Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free… The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon.”
The Penguins’ captain will miss his ninth game in a row on Tuesday as he continues to experience symptoms related to a concussion he suffered between hits from David Steckel of the Washington Capitals and Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Crosby has not yet been cleared to skate and there is not currently a timetable for his return.
Crosby will miss the All-Star Game along with his Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla. Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky is also expected to miss the festivities with a concussion of his own. Replacements for the injured players should be announced any day now.