Rob Rossi from the Tribune Review reports some encouraging news regarding Sidney Crosby: the superstar center has been cleared to re-join his teammates in practice. Crosby is also expected to travel with the team today when they jet off to Florida for two games in Tampa Thursday and then in Miami on Saturday. This will mark the first time Crosby has followed the team on the road.â†µ
Crosby did not take part in Penguins practice on Wednesday, it was reported to be a regular day off. He could take part in practice tomorrow. Crosby has not suffered any setbacks since he took the ice on March 14. Since then, almost daily, he’s been working on the ice by himself or other injured players. Crosby has been able to ramp up his workouts and activities on and off the ice.â†µ
As TSN’s Bob McKenzie says, coming back to practice would be the second step of a three-part return process. It’s important to note the team has no plans for a specific comeback date, and it’s still largely unknown how Crosby’s body and head will be able to handle air travel and the slight physical contact that does happen in a normal NHL team practice.â†µ
However, at this rate, it definitely seems like Crosby is making efforts and progress to rejoin game action sometime this season. Whether that will be for one of the last couple of regular-season games or playoffs remains to be seen. But there’s been nothing but good news for Pens fans on this front, and that has continued today.