Penguins center Sidney Crosby has seen a number of concussion specialists lately, and they all have had at least one thing in common:
No one has told him that he should not play again this season, let alone that he should retire.
That is the word today from general manager Ray Shero, who confirmed that Crosby has gone to California to spend several days with Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist.
Crosby is expected to undergo tests on his neck and its support structure and will receive soft-tissue treatment from Dr. Bray.
He likely will remain in California until around the middle of next week.
Asked if visiting another specialist represents any sort of setback for Crosby, Shero said, "I don't think so at all."
Shero said there are no immediate plans for Crosby to visit with any specialists he has not seen previously and that the next step in his recovery will be to get clearance to take contact in practice.
Crosby's goal, Shero added, remains "to get back [in the lineup] as soon as possible," but that there still is no target date for that to happen.
"We haven't gotten that far," Shero said.
Crosby, who has not played since Dec. 5, spent most of this week in Atlanta with a specialist in chiropractic neurology, Ted Carrick. They worked on his problems with motion and balance, and Crosby continued skating while in Georgia.
He also has skated since traveling to California Friday.
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