SUNRISE, Fla – Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates for the first time since December 5 today at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ morning skate at the BankAtlantic Center. He skated for about 27 minutes, about half of which coming after the team wrapped up their session.
Crosby did some light skating and passing with his coaches and teammates. He has not been cleared for full contact skating. His teammates appeared on the ice wearing the letter “C” taped on their jersey, except for Evgeni Malkin, who wore a “K”. Perhaps ironically, Crosby had no such letter taped on his black practice jersey. The Penguins are in the midst of a six game losing streak, and some have called for the team to name a new captain.
Crosby missed the second half of the season in 2010-11, after he was hit in the head in consecutive games on January 1 and 5, 2011. The resulting concussion also kept him out for the 2011 Playoffs and the first 20 games of 2011-12. There was much speculation that he would return against the Panthers in November, but instead he returned days later in Pittsburgh, scoring two goals adding two assists in the team’s 5-0 shutout of the New York Islanders. Crosby’s concussion symptoms returned on December 5, after just eight games. He has since said he would let his body dictate when he would make his return, and not rush things. He did not set a timetable when he spoke with reporters today.
Follow this story, as later on today, we will be posting many of the quotes from Crosby’s 8 minute interview with the media after the practice.