The Penguins have confirmed that, as first reported in Sunday's Post-Gazette, center Sidney Crosby will not participate in the NHL All-Star Game next Sunday in Raleigh because of the concussion that has prevented him from playing since Jan. 5.
The team also announced that Crosby will not travel to North Carolina for the event.
"Sidney is making progress in his recovery, but still is not completely symptom-free," general manager Ray Shero said in a prepared statement. "The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon."
Crosby will miss his ninth consecutive game when the New York Islanders visit Consol Energy Center Tuesday night, and there is no target date for his return.
Center Evgeni Malkin, who has missed the past two games because of a knee injury and is not participating in today's practice, appears to be a distant longshot to go to the All-Star Game, but has not officially pulled out of it yet.