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Sidney Crosby cleared to skate with team, will travel with team

Mar 30, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

It’s time for the rest of the Eastern Conference and perhaps the NHL to get really worried about the Pittsburgh Penguins.

According to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been cleared to practice with the team and will travel with the Penguins on their upcoming road trip for two games in Florida.

UPDATE: Not so fast, Rossi. Pens GM Ray Shero clarifies that Crosby is cleared to skate with the team on game days and isn’t cleared for practice yet. They aren’t expecting him back during the regular season. Translation: Look out playoffs.

Crosby’s progress in recovering from a concussion of late has been more than noticeable as we’ve seen the flashes of brilliance we’ve grown accustomed to from Sid the Kid during workouts with the team. With Crosby inching ever closer to returning to the Penguins lineup and the Penguins getting healthier in general, the team could be poised to have a similar sort of playoff run that they had back in 2009 when they won the Stanley Cup from the fourth seed.

That’s getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but Crosby’s offensive production this season cannot be ignored. Despite missing 36 games this season, Crosby is still ninth in the league in goals scored with 32 and still in the top 20 in points scored with 66. Crosby was on pace for an easy Art Ross Trophy winning season and very likely the Hart Trophy before being sidelined by a concussion.

The Penguins biggest issue since both Crosby and Malkin went down with ailments is that their offense has been poor. Crosby’s return will alleviate that greatly and the guys that will benefit most from should be James Neal and Alex Kovalev. How soon Crosby gets back into the lineup now depends on how he handles the practices. Judging by what we’ve seen from Crosby during his recovery, we’ll probably see him back on the ice in a game by the time the playoffs start.

Uh oh.

  1. abrienza428 - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM

    Nice. Looks like he’d go up against Hedman in the first round too, as it sits now.

  2. psujay - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    The Pens desperately need him. If you take away the shootout the Pens are 5-10-6 in their last 21 games…playing for OT against teams desperate for charity points won’t work in the playoffs.

    • psujay - Mar 30, 2011 at 12:40 PM

      That’s 6 ties. OT wins and losses I’m just counting as wins and losses.

    • capsrockva - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:13 PM

      great I despise the Pens GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!! Caps vs Pens 3-1 during the season. LET’S GO CAPS

  3. stakex - Mar 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    If Pittsburgh wasn’t likely to play Tampa in the first round, they would almost certainly be 1 and done this year. The fact that they are probably going to be playing a team thats in freefall is their only bright spot.

    Sure, Crosby coming back is going to help… but to expect him to be a huge factor in his first few games is dilusional. He might not be the same player he was EVER again… let alone in his first couple games back.

    • psujay - Mar 31, 2011 at 2:22 AM

      Hopefully he’s not another Lindros in that regard. All the people who used to call Lindros “Egg-Head” for his concussions have disappeared.

    • capsrockva - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      you never know Washington was due to play NY, now its Buffalo

  4. derpdederpdederp - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:27 AM

    funny how there are some good playoff races going on, but every time crosby sneezes its news

  5. emperor83 - Mar 31, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    So the third-dirtiest player in the game is coming back… (2. Sean Avery, 1. Zdeno Chara)

    • capsrockva - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Oh Com-on you can’t put Chara in that list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The dirtiest player in the League is easily Cooke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He’s a cheap shot artist I was thrilled that he was suspended for as long as he is for

  6. crumpledstiltskin - Mar 31, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    So the ‘first-greatest’ player in the game is coming back…

  7. capsrockva - Mar 31, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Pit would be foolish to play him/her Cindy is the biggest crybaby in the sport.

  8. capsrockva - Mar 31, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    this is amazing.Usually when I post a bunch of Pens fans chime in

    • sfbookreviews - Apr 1, 2011 at 5:19 AM

      Okay, here ya go. You are, by all indications, an intelligent and hockey-knowledgeable person who is the pride of his parents.

      April Fools!

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