Sidney Crosby collided with a teammate Dec. 5. He also took a high hit from the Boston Bruins’ David Krejci. With so much sensitivity to the Pittsburgh Penguins star’s concussion issues, he left the game and was ruled out for two games.
Then it became an indefinite absence Monday when Crosby addressed the media and said he wasn’t feeling well enough to play and admitted there’s no timetable for his return.
“It’s not something that I’m happy about watching,” Crosby told reporters in Pittsburgh. “But that being said, I’ve got to make sure with these sorts of things that I’m careful and aware that I’m making sure I’m 100 percent before I come back.”
Crosby said he skated after the hits and “knew what to look for” as far as symptoms after dealing with a concussion and post-concussion symptoms from January on.
“With a little bit of exertion I just didn’t feel right and after talking with everyone just figured it was better to be cautious here and not take any chances,” he said. “This is just something I’ve got to be careful with.”
This is a big concern for not only Crosby and the Penguins but the NHL. After he missed 10½ months with the concussion suffered early this calendar year, there was palpable excitement and buzz about his return. Putting up nine points in his first five games only helped that, though coach Dan Bylsma said Crosby has more to give.
Everyone will have to wait – and who knows how long – to see what “more” really is. Sirius-XM’s Josh Rimer reported Crosby is being bothered by a right knee problem from his collision with Chris Kunitz in addition to his head.
With Crosby in the Penguins’ lineup, hockey is more fun to watch. Capitals fans, Flyers fans and everyone else should be hoping for a speedier recovery than last time.