Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who two weeks ago revealed he had had a setback in his recovery from a concussion, has not begun an offseason workout program.
Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said Thursday that Crosby "hasn't been cleared yet by the medical staff" and is primarily resting at this stage as with most players not involved in the playoffs, but he has engaged in some light activity.
Brisson added that doctors have indicated that there's no urgency to begin a rigorous summer program, and they remain "very optimistic" that Crosby will make a full recovery.
Crosby was diagnosed with a concussion Jan. 6 and did not play the balance of the season or in the playoffs, when the Penguins fell to Tampa Bay in the first round.
He resumed light workouts in late January and, several weeks later, began skating. He returned to practice with the team in non-contact drills March 31. He has said he was practicing at nearly full speed before he stopped working out after an April 20 practice because concussion symptoms, including headaches, returned.
Crosby played 41 games -- half the season -- and was leading the NHL with 66 points, which at the time suggested he was on his way to the best season of his six-year career.
When he said April 29 that he had again experienced symptoms, Crosby expressed optimism that he will be healthy and ready for the start of the 2011-12 season.
Brisson, who also represents forward Max Talbot, said he has not begun discussions with general manager Ray Shero about Talbot, "but I assume that in the next few weeks we will." Talbot is eligible for unrestricted free agency if not re-signed by July 1.
Brisson also has not spoken with Shero about center Dustin Jeffrey, who is eligible for restricted free agency. Jeffrey is recovering from knee surgery.
Shelly Anderson: firstname.lastname@example.org . First Published May 13, 2011 4:00 AM