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Crosby to join Penguins in Washington, resume skating

Jan 11, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

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Some big news out of Pittsburgh on the Sidney Crosby front — head coach Dan Bylsma announced  No. 87 will join the team in Washington tonight and will skate on his own during the Penguins’ two-game Florida road swing.

“He will be skating during this trip,” Bylsma told the Tribune-Review. “He also will, at some point in time, address the meida. That will happen in the next few days. It isn’t a set plan, but it will happen.”

The Penguins will play at the Verizon Center this evening, then fly to Miami for a Friday game against the Panthers.

That’s followed by a Sunday affair in Tampa Bay against the Lightning, after which the Pens will return to Pittsburgh for a Jan. 17 game against Carolina.

Bylsma re-iterated there’s still no timetable for Crosby’s return and didn’t offer an update on his health.

“I’m not sure what’s fair to say,” Bylsma said. “Obviously he has been working out and having light exercises in the weight room and on the bike. We’ll certainly be glad to see him on the ice.”

Crosby hasn’t played since Dec. 5 and hasn’t spoken with the media since Dec. 12.

  1. capsrockva - Jan 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    I just hope he gets better soon. The game of Hockey needs him back, but the Pens have to make sure he’s 110% healthy or else they will make a mistake that not only the Pens but the league as well will regret. Looking forward to tonight’s game against my most hated rivals. So glad it’s being televised on NBC so I can actually watch it on TV instead of the net.

    • stakex - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM

      Even though I don’t like Crosby, I still want to see him get healthy since no play deserves to be robbed of their prime becasue of injury.

      However I’m not really sure how much the league will suffer without him. After all, hockey seems to be doing more then fine over the last year… a year in which Crosby didn’t play for the most part. People need to understand that hockey is not a sport tied to the rise and fall of one player, and Crosby’s return will not make or break the NHL. Does it help having a player like Crosby healthy? It certainly can’t hurt, but how much is it REALLY going to hurt the league if he suddenly couldn’t play anymore?

      The only sports that rise and fall on the performance of a single player are induvidual sports. Look at golf. Tiger Woods doesn’t play for a few months and the golf world starts to come crashing down. Every tournament sees a drop of in revenue, TV ratings tank, and even the comsumer golf industry takes a sizable hit. Crosby doesn’t play for almost a year… and the hockey world kept spinning as if he never left. In fact, hockeys popularity seems to still be growing while Crosby sits.

      So really, I wouldn’t say hockey “needs” Crosby. More like it certainly would not hurt hockey to have him back. There is a difference.

      • odj810 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        your right. but he did play a huge role in bringing hockey back after the lockout, that cannot be forgotten about. Now hockey could survive without him but its just a much better place when he’s in it. Like him or hate him he’s got insane talent is a good leader and works hard each night. Its a better league with a healthy crosby. he brought hockey (along with others) back to the number 2 sport in the country

  2. eagleswineagleswin - Jan 11, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    This is great news. I hope someone on the Flyers gets to drill him in the head and knock him out before anyone else does. I look forward to his next concussion and subsequent retirement.


    • hockeyfan1701 - Jan 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

      Wow, maybe you should let the grown ups use the computer.

    • icedog97 - Jan 12, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      I guess this is freedom of speech…so you can say what you want.

      Here’s what I think…

      You are a poor excuse for a hockey fan…and one of the reasons that many Flyer fans…including those that were disgusted by what happened after the Classic on January 2nd, wish people like you would just go away.

      As someone who has grown up a Penguins fan…and now respects and even roots for the Flyers when the two teams aren’t playing each other, I can understand ‘hating’ your rivals..but personal hatred is a little over the edge.

      I can’t stand Scott Hartnell on the ice…but off it…he seems like a decent guy. While I have wished for someone to knock him on his ass many times, I know…deep down…it’s BETTER to have him in the games than not. It MAKES the rivalry better.

      Maybe someday you’ll see that is what people mean when they say the league needs players like Crosby playing.

      Or…maybe not…

      • tkovacs2 - Jan 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        And Philadelphia fans wonder why they’re so reviled…

  3. stakex - Jan 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    I’m not sure how “big” this new really is. After all, he started skating on his own during the season last year…. and didn’t actually make it back to the lineup for several more months. Personaly I doubt that will be the case again, it IS possible.

    So while I’m sure Crosby will be happy to be back on the ice, this is by no means a sign he will be playing any time soon… or even this season.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    I agree 100% with eagleswineagleswin. Get that little crybaby out of the game.

    • drewzducks - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      What’s more likely to happen first a Sharks Cup victory or an Eagles Superbowl victory (without the QB throwing up all over himself)?

      The correct answer is neither.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 11, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      I love how this is coming from a fan of the team that employs Patrick Marleau. I mean, dear God, it could only be worse if your username was something to the tune of “sedinsrock,” dude.

      • hockeyfan1701 - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM

        At least Ducks have won a cup

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    I can’t stand Marleau OR Thornton FYI. Get over yourselves and your adoration of this prima donna prick. The people that kiss this woman’s feet make me sick. When he grows a pair I’ll respect him but I don’t ever see that happening.

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Whats going to happen when CRY BABY CROSBY comes back? Everytime someone touches him they are going to get either a penalty or fined?

    If he is hurt sit him out! Enough with the NHL protecting him! If he can hit someone then he should be able to get checked also as long as it is a fair check!

  7. buffalomafia - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    I also agree with eagleswineagleswin Go Flyers! Nothing against Crosby’s hockey talent but he is the biggest sissy in hockey next to Lemeiux!

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