In a turn of good news for the NHL, Sidney Crosby took to the ice in Pittsburgh Monday morning for the first time since suffering a concussion in January.
The Penguins captain skated for 15 minutes, stick-handled around some pylons and fired a few pucks at the CONSOL Energy Center.
Crosby via Penguins official site:
“I feel good. It’s really early. It’s just part of progress and trying to get better. 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.”
Although Crosby has been symptom free for a couple of days and felt good after some light skating, he was cautious in expressing that there is still no timetable for his return to NHL action:
“I may not feel great this afternoon and not be able to skate tomorrow. 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.”
Even if Crosby remains symptom free and begins skating and exercising on a daily basis, his return would likely still be at least a couple of weeks away. Still, it’s a welcome sign for the game as its biggest star moves closer to playing again.
It’s not too late for a miraculous late season Art Ross run, is it?