Calls for Sidney Crosby to break his silence on the status of his recovery from a concussion were answered on Wednesday night. The Pittsburgh Penguins released statements from Crosby and his agent, confirming that No. 87 has been experiencing some headaches during workouts and that he’s been seeing leading concussion specialists in Michigan and Georgia to help monitor his recovery.

Crosby via Penguins:

“I appreciate all the support I’ve 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.”

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, kept things positive by reminding everyone that Crosby’s recovery is a process and no timeline for his return will be set:

“We always knew this was going to be a progressive recovery – based on how he felt. With a concussion, there is not a finite recovery period like with a shoulder injury or a knee injury. That’s why we’ve never even set a specific goal for a return date like the start of training camp or Oct. 1 or anything else. He will play when he is symptom free.”

It’s not exactly the best news, but it gives this story some direction and should help stem the tide of rampant speculation on Crosby’s health. Everyone involved remains adamant that Crosby will make a full recovery, but both the Penguins and camp Crosby have made it abundantly clear that he will not play until he’s reached 100%.

Brisson reiterated that Crosby has made substantial progress this summer and that it is his intention to carry on his playing career for many more years:

“He has been feeling a lot better but we want to give him all the time he needs to make a full recovery. He’s only 24, and he’s got a lot of great years ahead of him.”

The wheels on this story will continue to spin, but at least we should be able to put that retirement talk to bed.

Quickies:

Nathan Horton IS NOT experiencing headaches and says he’s recovered from the concussion he suffered in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. [ESPN Boston]

Doughty and Bogosian get all the headlines, but Josh Bailey remains unsigned as a RFA with the Islanders. [NYI Point Blank]

Tom Renney uncertain of Khabibulin’s role with the Oilers for next season. [Pro Hockey Talk]

Is Devan Dubnyk ready for a number one role with Edmonton? [Eye On Hockey]

Ian Laperriere to play hockey player with false teeth in Knocked Up sequel. [Puck Daddy]

Who will be the Flyers next captain? [Hockey Independent]

The quotable Ales Kotalik: “I know that I can measure with anybody on that team”. [Sabres Edge]

Former NHL speedster Russ Courtnall talks to Jason Gregor about fighting bouts with depression during his playing career. [Jason Gregor Show]

Goal scoring levels throughout history. [Five Minutes For Fighting]

Ladies and gentlemen, Frank Black