Shero: 'No expectation' of Crosby regular season return

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Penguins general manager Ray Shero said today that he does not expect center Sidney Crosby to play again during the regular season, and did not rule out the possibility that he will be out until training camp because of his concussion.

"As a manager, I have no expectation that he's coming back to play in the regular season," Shero said. "I don't believe that's going to happen.

"In terms of playing in the playoffs for us, that's still two or three weeks away. I don't want to take away any hope from (Crosby), but to return to game action for the Stanley Cup playoffs takes a certain level of fitness and game-(readiness), and he is certainly not close to that at this point."

Crosby will travel to Florida with his teammates today, but does not have medical clearance to participate in practices.

Crosby, who did not skate today, will be allowed to go on the ice with his teammates during game-day skates, beginning Thursday in Tampa.

"It's another step in the progression for him, to introduce him on the ice with 20 other players," Shero said.

If Crosby is able to get through those skates, in which there is no contact, without difficulty, he will be allowed to take part in practices.

Crosby's day off today was scheduled, and does not reflect a setback in his recovery.

Even though he has missed the past 36 games, Crosby leads the Penguins in goals (32) and points (66), and is second to Kris Letang in assists (34).

The Penguins are 19-12-5 since Crosby left the lineup.


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