Will Sidney Crosby be ready to play when the 2011-12 season starts? He still isn't symptom-free from his concussion, but has been able to increase his physical activity.
Common sense tells you the Penguins can't count on his return. Common sense also reminds just the risk of reinjury will be very scary for Sid the Kid.
The Crosby camp has shot down reports that he won't be good to go to start the season, but there appears to be little reason for optimism. That franchise better hope that Evgeni Malkin makes a stirring comeback from a very disappointing season.
Here are some other injury updates:
- Canucks center Ryan Kesler is recovering from hip surgery. Initial estimates had him missing the start of the season, but he is shooting for Opening Night. "I know what it takes," he told Canucks TV. "I know the rehab. It might make me even braver to try things I probably shouldn't be trying, but it's going to make me come back quicker."
- The Blackhawks say scorer Patrick Kane is recovering nicely from wrist surgery. “He’s feeling good and he’s still able to do a lot of the cardio-type stuff,” general manager Stan Bowman told Comcast Sports. “He’s staying in shape; he’s excited.”
- Blues winger David Perron definitely won't be ready to start the season. Like Crosby, he is trying to recover from a serious concussion. Like Crosby, he has made progress. But like Crosby, he has not become symptom-free.