The Washington Times - January 11, 2012, 06:32PM

The indication has been that Sidney Crosby was out for the season. That still might happen, but on Wednesday afternoon Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma provided an interesting bit of optimism.

“Tonight Sidney Crosby will be joining us on the road trip and he will be skating during this trip with the team,” Bylsma said outside the visiting locker room at Verizon Center.

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Crosby, who went out of the lineup again Dec. 5, missed 10½ months with post-concussion symptoms. Him skating on the trip is good news for the Penguins and fans of the NHL, but Bylsma wasn’t ready to declare it anything for now.

Crosby skated for weeks last season but never returned after going out in early January.

“I’m not sure what’s fair to say. Obviously he has been working out and having light exercises in the weight room and on the bike,” Byslma said. “I’ll certainly be glad to see him on the ice.”

Crosby was in the press box for Wednesday night’s game against the Washington Capitals, but a spokesman said he would not talk to reporters.