It seems like in forever since we last saw Sidney Crosby on the ice. Well, that’s because he hasn’t played since December 5 of last year. He only participated in 8 games this year, after missing the start of this season, as well as the entire second half of last year. He did manage to tally 12 points in those first 8 games this season, but after taking a hard hit in that last game against the Bruins, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Crosby decided it was time to shut it down again.
Yesterday, Crosby participated in his first extended skate in a long time, showing what could be another big step in returning this season. However, one must keep in mind that Crosby did skate several times late in last season, but never resumed contact in practice, and obviously took to the ice for a game. The closest got was coaching from the bench in the playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. But still, Crosby and the Pens, along with their fans, have to be encouraged to see him make progress towards playing again.
Crosby and the medical staff are taking a very cautious approach, with good reason, before he starts resuming all normal hockey activity. Up until a month ago, he was still suffering a lot of serious concussion-like symptoms, and it was too dangerous to push himself.
Whether or not Crosby can return to this season to the Penguins could have a huge impact on how the team deals with the upcoming trade-deadline. The Penguins are known for making an offensive move at this time of year, and may look to add another forward to help bolster what has been an anemic offense without their captain.
Here is hoping that Crosby can return to the Pens. He was the best player the league had up until his injury, and he is nothing but good for the game if he can get back to doing what he does better than anyone else.