Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is sick of sitting around. Now that he has medical clearance to absorb contact, he expects to return to action after just a few more practices.
“The only way you can adapt to that is to be in games,” Crosby told Pittsburgh reporters. “You can do as much practicing as you want. I've pushed myself as hard as I can practice-wise. The contact is the big step and making sure I get through that symptom free. Once I can do that for a few days, I'm just going to jump into games. The best way to kind of get used to that stuff is to be in games — the sooner the better.”
How much sooner?
“I'm going to give myself days, for sure, of contact,” Crosby said.”If you look at our schedule, we have two more practices this week. No sooner than Sunday, I would say. But I'm not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork. I just want to make sure I get through these days fine."
With the Evgeni Malkin-James Neal-Chris Kunitz line rocking and rolling, center Jordan Staal could find himself on Crosby’swing, should coach Dan Bylsma decide to consolidate his scoring into two lines. Pascal Dupuis is another candidate to play with Sid the Kid.
“Anytime you have a chance to skate with a great player like that, you'd take it,” Staal told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “No question.”
And . . .
“You don't have the puck as much on the wing, for sure,” Staal said. “But again, there's a lot to be said for playing with a great player.”