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Crosby cleared for contact, could be back in the lineup soon

Mar 6, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Today in Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby took a big step towards playing hockey again. The Penguins captain was cleared for contact and had a “decent amount of it” at practice, reports Pens Inside Scoop.

According to Dave Molinari of the Post-Gazette, Crosby said he could play in a “matter of days,” provided there are no setbacks. But if he does return, it will be “no sooner than Sunday” when the Penguins host Boston.

Crosby (soft-tissue neck injury) declared he’s been symptom-free for a few days now.

“I’ve been through this before,” he said. “Contact is the big step. It’s nice to be symptom free, but it’s not as fulfilling until you get out there. I just want to make sure that I take the right steps here and get back out there soon

…“There were a lot of bumps [during today’s practice]. As soon as they knew I could get contact I was getting a lot of bumps, not even in drills. The lineup was a dangerous place to be today. It was fun to be out there with them and hopefully it’s a regular occurrence.”

…“I don’t think you’ll ever get what you’ll get in the game. There are the odd times in practice where that may happen. But as far as getting an elbow to the head or shoulder to the face, that won’t really happen in practice.”

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  1. abrienza428 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:48 PM


  2. geo91 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Just in time for fantasy playoffs

  3. jobotjones - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Look out world!

  4. emjake5236 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Best player in the game….even more telling now that Ovechkins compete level has disappeared

    • joethorntonisclutch - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:16 PM


      • lonespeed - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:24 PM

        Jay Beagle.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        Stamkos is the best pure goal scorer, no question, but Crosby has the best playmaking skills in the world right now.

  5. reachers87 - Mar 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    GAME ON!

  6. danpit2 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Lord Stanley , lord Stanley, get me some brandy

  7. napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    This is obviously good news, and I’m happy to hear that Crosby is improving. But do any other Pens fans (like me) feel more nervous about that this than excited?

    If memory serves, it was about a week and a half after he was cleared for contact that he was back, and then a week and a half after then that he was out again. Last time I was on the edge of my seat trying to find out when Crosby would be back…. now, it’s being followed with a “Yeah, but….”

    I think the Pens can contend for the Cup without Crosby – with Crosby I would say that theres only a couple of teams in the NHL that are on our level… but I just won’t buy it until he plays the rest of the season. Sorry to be Donny Downer.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

      I am nervous as well

      • dtob79 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        Maybe he should just retire, that way nobody would be nervous. In fact, he should start wearing a protective suit of foam rubber whenever he leaves his house so we can all have peace of mind. Actually, let’s confine him to his house from this point forward. Now we’re talking! Phew. Everyone can stop worry about Sid now.

      • napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        dtob – You’re an idiot, and that’s okay. I’m sure you’re ust in a mood, because your butthole just tightened at the thought of the Pens getting one of the best players in hockey added back to a potent line up.

  8. rawgator06 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    This is great news. He knows not to rush back, but this is an excellent step in recovery. The NHL definitely needs a big star, and Crosby handles that role well

  9. govtminion2 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    The soup can is coming!!! Total game changer. Although the franchise was gonna win the cup without him, now it’s pretty much a done deal.

    • nyr1 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      You have to get through NYR…if you don’t lose to philly or NJ first! Criesby will be hurt again in a week

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        thats if the rangers can hang on to first place ( they have 2 games left against the pens) and the pens are 9 points back while leading the league in man games lost. How many goals did the rangers score against the pens their last game, that’s right none.

  10. lucicfan603 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Who cares that he’s coming back the man is a coward and plays like a girl one hit and he’ll flop to he ice like he always does and the league will do there best to protect him like they’ve done in the past he’s a disgrace to hockey

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      and your a disgrace to mankind. The pens have more points then your bruins without crosby., your just scared of our potential with him. Haters going to hate. Just try and not act like your 12 when doing it.

    • pens5829 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Another hater? Best player in hockey. Hands down. So long as they protect him from Marchand’s slew-footing and Krecji’s high elbows…

      • odj810 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

        it was sad crosby got hurt again but i think we both know it was his collision with his own teammate that probably caused the reinjury. Much more of a collision then krec turning around and catching him.

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:25 PM

      Yep, just like they suspended the guy who gave him the initial concussion, right?

    • odj810 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      your giving bruins fans a bad name with comments like that. Its ignorance, I love the bruins more then anyone but respect the player that put hockey back to where it is today after the lockout. Of course its great that he’s coming back.

    • banshee950 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      zip it a$$hole. huge B’s fan here, if you think Crosby play a pu$$y game, you might want to reevaluate what you know about hockey, or just go back watching wwf. Crosby hits, takes hits to make the play and is the best playmaker on ice. He’s a leader and a class act. I admit i’m sick of the league over marketing him and Ovi, but I have never seen that go to his head. Best of luck Sid, NHL is better off with you playing

      • jpelle82 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:10 PM


    • nyr1 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      100% agreed, as good of a player as he is……that’s why they call him “cindy criesby.” Well, that’s what non-pens fans call him, anyway. And Marchand is a coward too, guy. If he keeps low bridging players he is going to get a beatdown from someone.

  11. ottograham - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    relieving to hear he is symptom free his own healths sake. On that note I hope he makes sure he is physically and mentally able to handle, at least, a round of playoffs. I really want the hardware back in the Burgh with our squad, but not at the expense that he is paralyzed on the ice. On another note I believe its about time they throw that C on Malkins shoulder. He deserves it.

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      You obviously don’t know sports very well. It’s not the best players who get to wear the C it’s the players who lead. Luckily Pittsburgh has a guy who does both in Crosby but next in line for C would definitely be Orpik or maybe Kunitz. Malkin is a great player but not someone who looks like a leader.

  12. Stiller43 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM


  13. ottograham - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    lol okay miketoasty thanks for putting me in my place. I now know the difference between a leader and a great player and what it means to be a captain. You are Gods gift to sports knowledge and your opinion is to be revered by all who hear it. We are all merely peasants compared to your dominant presence.

    That said: Put the C on Malkins shoulder where it belongs (whether you agree or not migueltoasty). See me in any sports debate I feel Id put you to shame. But then again we are all tough behind computer monitors eh?

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      malkin doesn’t even want the C. He’s been quoted as saying this is Crosby’s team. No debate if its not even a option.

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:50 PM

      I am a god thank you, and your welcome.

      You don’t really defend your point at why Malkin should get the C, just throw around a lot of name calling and whining.

      When did I ever say I was tough? I was trying to point out the logic of Captaincy in sports, I am in no way tough or that I could “put you to shame” in a sports debate, I work in IT and sit on a computer all day… Don’t you look stupid.

  14. rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Malkin > Crosby.
    1- takes hits
    2- dishes hits
    3- doesn’t cry
    4- didn’t skip a beat with Crosby gone.
    5- you have no idea what mental and physical state Crosby will be in if/when he returns.

    While all you Pens fans can say how unstoppable you’ll be with him back (Rangers own it this year sorry bout your luck) you can just as easily flip it around and say they don’t need him and are doing just fine without him.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      watch crosbys second goal against the islanders when he came back the first time and he proves points 1-3 of yours wrong. Enjoy your annual early golf routine.

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        You can pick one goal here or there, but for the most part he’s not a physical player. Football comparrison, he’s like the WR who has the great catch then steps out of bounds to avoid a hit instead of continuing the play. Malkin is FAR more physical than Crosby, on both the dishing and taking end of hits. As a Caps fan (yea, I’ll even say Craps this year) I’ve discussed on numerous occassions the Penguins. Not one person I know would take Crosby to join us over Malkin.

        And don’t get me wrong, he scores his goals, but again, I feel like Malkin makes his goals happen, whereas crease king Crosby is a direct result of his team. Put him on another team. Hell put him on the Caps, and he wouldn’t flourish like he does up there. See, I gave your team a backhanded comment saying they are overall a top notch team (ESPECIALLY coaching). Overall? Gimme Stamkos first!

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:31 PM

        I 100% disagree. Ask any nhl scout and they will say crosby is way better at working the boards and geting loose pucks. Malkin is better at stealing the puck off oppenents stick (takeaways) but his giveaways and turnovers out number crosby by ALOT. The fact that crosby goes to the crease and the dirty areas to get the pucks shows that hes just as physical. As far as malkin making his goals happen and crosby just deflecting goals well i dare you to go to each players highlight real goals on youtube and then try and back that statement up. Their both great but crosby has done more with less (winger wise) then malkin. The league is what have you done for me lately which is why no one would take crosby over malkin right now but to say OVERALL career numbers wise and constintency wise that malkin is better is crazy. Malkin has even stated openly that crosby is the far superior athlete, and he didnt even blink.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        Malkin has playe in 410 games and has 499 points ( 196 goals, 303 assists), crosby has playe in 420 and has 584 points (217 goals, 367 assists). Playoffs malkin has 62 games and 73 points. Crosby has 62 games and 82 points. The stats dont back up your theory that malkin is better.

      • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:18 PM

        malkin has thrown 113 hits in his career to crosbys 101. Your theory is unraveling.

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      In my eyes Malkin is not better than Crosby, and Malkin is my favorite player in the game. Malkin can turn it on when he wants to but no one in today’s game can own an entire game like Sidney Crosby can (When he is healthy).

    • napoleonblownapart6887 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      I think Malkin is the better individual player, but if you were to have Malkin center a line and have Crosby center a line with two identical wingers, I would bet that Crosby’s line would produce more as a whole.

      Are we unstoppable with him back – no. Are we as good if not better than the top teams in the NHL (NYR included) – absolutely.

      Does any of this mean ANYTHING until the games are played in the tournament – no…. but at least we’ll be there right rockthered? #hadto #idontfeelbadaboutit

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        I’ve seen an 8th beat a 1st many times! All about momentum! Which we have none and will be out before it starts… I can’t blame your organization for letting mine to go to hell in a handbasket now can I? From free agancy last offseason, to firing Bruce Bruce to inactivity at the trade deadline, the front office has let our team sink. Losing Green and Backstrom for extended periods of time hurt too. If I had it my way? Dale Hunter would never have been behind the bench and hopefully next offseason they’ll clean house of the garbage. Pens/Caps was becoming a huge rivalry in the NHL, one that was helping to further revive hockey. Unfortunately we see your top player go down and our team crumble. We didn’t adjust and now here we are struggling. I can only hope we can regain form next year and with 2 full healthy teams bring this rivalry back to life.

        In light of a terrible season, at least I got to see the Caps take a 1-0 W over the Pens last month from about 8 rows back! Granted it was a sloppy game on both ends but I’ll take it.

  15. buffalomafia - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Cynthia Crosby will find the first ref to cry to when he gets checked!

  16. buffalomafia - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Cynthia Crosby is the biggest cry baby hockey ever had next to Linda Lemeiu!

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      At least Crosby is going to the playoffs.

  17. ottograham - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    I dont particularly look stupid and definitely dont feel stupid. However, Malkins gameplay throughout this season coming off of a severe knee injury speaks volumes for his ability to be a captain. I feel he would be a captain on any other team that didnt have a certain player named Crosby on it. And honestly Im just busting your balls with the computer monitor comment. Seeing how you make a living behinda monitor, and being PHT all time great Im clearly in the wrong. No point in my ranting and raving was I whining or name calling just alot of sarcasm and ball busting. hope you werent offended the extreme angst and name calling in my previous post Miguel. Youre so cute when youre angry.


    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      First off, as much as I am sure you will disagree, I am in no way angry. Everyone here has differing views, that is why we post. I would hate to come here and see 100 comments all with the same thing.

      As to what you posted, I think that shows how great Malkin is as a person and the drive he has for the game but I don’t see how that makes him captain material. Maybe we just differ on the view of what set of skills a captain should have.

      I would look for these:

      – Doesn’t take bad penalty’s
      – Know’s how to get the team going
      – Demands respect both on the ice and in the locker room
      – Keeps his cool
      – Knows how to talk to his teammates

      Now I am not saying that Malkin doesn’t have these attributes but I do believe that Crosby is much greater at these than Malkin.


  18. bensawesomeness - Mar 6, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    The very LAST thing i would do is put Crosby in against Boston – they’ll frickin’ murder him.

    Lets throw a guy with nagging neck and concussion issues against the team that’s arguably most likely to throw a dirty hit.

    • miketoasty - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      I have to agree with you here, the last time we played Boston things got pretty heated. Looking at the schedule I would say Nashville would probably be the best fit. Gives him plenty of time to get into game shape and against Nashville should be a slow game with lots of defense against a non conference opponent.

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:57 PM

        As a Wings fan ,i’ll warn you, when the Preds get going, they really do throw their weight around, but they also play clean. they’re a really good team

        They really dont like us so they always play us hard

  19. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I can’t wait to celebrate the hit that ends Crosbaby’s career.

    • sportsfreak13 - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      cant wait to celebrate when the sharks move to a real hockey town

    • pacoj68 - Mar 7, 2012 at 3:43 AM

      P p p p p p pusssssssss-y

  20. soupcansid - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    there is no need to argue who is better between soup can and pringles can. you know why? THEY ARE ON THE SAME TEAM YOU IDIOTS. LOLOLOLOLOL.


  21. govtminion2 - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    SoupCan + Geno Pringles + another cup= dynasty!! The Franchise will soon be at full force. The guys were right, it will be like Christmas morning when soupcan Sid aka the gift gets back in the line up. Parade routes are being made

  22. pensfan8718 - Mar 7, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    ok so I’m reading all of these comments, and those of you who say Geno should get the “C” really must have no clue about hockey. First of all you don’t strip the C from a player because he gets (or in this case got) hurt. Also do any of you remember when the Pens lost 6 in a row? They go to Florida and Sid steps out to practice with the team they all, the entire team, puts a C on there jersey. A captain isn’t just the teams best player, he has to be able to inspire and lead both on and off the ice. After that pratice the Pens where the hottest team in the league. Sid is our captain, and yes Gen has stepped up big in his absence but I’m pretty Damn sure Geno wears an A, and that means when our captain isn’t on the ice the assistant captains must step up and lead the team. Which all of them have done. And to the dumb NYR fan on here, if u didn’t notice just a month ago the Pens were 4th in the division, well over 10 points back. Now we are 2nd and within 10 points plus we still play you twice. Just remember the Rangers struggle to score goals, there strength is defense and there goalie, which didn’t work too well last time the Pens and NYR played. In fact I believe we have won the last 2 games between us. I’m not saying we will catch the Rangers but don’t pop the cork on the campaign just yet. Can’t wait to see our captain and the NHL’s best player return. #cantwaitfortheplayoffs

  23. pensfan8718 - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    ok so for all of you that are saying take the “C” and give it to Geno, my question is why? I understand Geno has been great this season. But you don’t take away a captain’s C because he gets, or in this case got, hurt. Geno wears an A for this team. For those of you who don’t know an assistant captains job is to step up and lead the team in the event the captain goes down with and injury and while the captain is on the ice show support and lead with him. So has Geno stepped up? Easy answer yes. But try and remember back in January, Pens come to Florida losers of 6 straight games. Sid joins the team and skates with them. They respond by adding C’s to their own jerseys. Then they get on a roll that has lead them to 2nd in the division. A captains job isn’t just to lead on the ice but off the ice as well. He needs to inspire the team and motivate them. And for the Pens that is just what Sid does. He is our captain and anyone who wants to remove that C is not a true fan and/or knows nothing about this sport. I can’t wait to see our captain and the NHL’S best player return.

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