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More from GM Ray Shero on Sidney Crosby.


Some highlights of my conversation late Sunday with Penguins GM Ray Shero about the status of C Sidney Crosby:

–On reoccurrence of concussion symptoms during Crosby’s offseason training:

“I’ve been in touch with Sid’s doctors… (and) Sid this weekend. He’s progressed well this summer. Had some symptoms at different points, depending on how hard he’s pushed himself at different points. Never had to be shut down this summer.”

–On reports that Crosby will not be ready for start of 2011-12 season:

“There’s never been a situation where he’s needed to be cleared to play.”

–On Crosby’s state of mind these days:

“I think he’s been good. Talking to him this weekend it seemed that way. Beside dealing with this injury he’s our captain, so whenever we’ve signed a player I’ve been in touch with him. That’s been a lot of it in term s of contact with Sid. I haven’t gone to him too much, ‘How you feeling?’”

“It’s been on an off at this point. He’s happy with his progress. We’re happy with his progress. Training camp is a month away. He’ll be evaluated before then.”

OK, so the latest story is here:

… and it explains the background of why Shero felt the need to address Crosby’s status. He wasn’t planning on addressing anything because the nature of this injury makes Crosby’s status completely unpredictable.

To predict anything about when Crosby will return for practice/games would be irresponsible. He’s recovering from a concussion. If recent examples of concussed players have informed of anything it’s that nobody gets rich making predictions about brain injuries, which is what a concussion is.

One thing I won’t do is discredit Josh Rimer’s reporting, though I’m hesitant to call his Twitter post a report. I believe 100 percent that he was told by three sources that Crosby won’t be ready for the opener. That doesn’t mean those sources are right or wrong, but in this business, three sources that a reporter deems credible is enough to go with information. I spoke with Josh about his post, and he stands by it, as would any journalist in his situation.

Some context: There is a small group of people inside the hockey community talking – not on the record, which to me makes their words far less credible, though certainly worth hearing – about Crosby not being as far along on his recovery as he would like to be at this point. All I can say is this: None of those people are from the so-called “Camp Crosby” to which I often refer when writing about his inner circle. Had I heard from “Camp Crosby” anything that was as strong as what Josh heard from his sources, I would have written it — and I will write it IF I hear that kind of information. I haven’t.

I’ll leave you with this from Shero when I asked him if, basically, anything has changed regarding Crosby’s recovery/status/whatnot:

“No,” Shero said.

“There are going to be some symptoms with this injury, but nothing where he’s had to shut it down or anything. The main thing with him, or any player, is that he’s not going to be pushed, prodded until he’s 100 percent ready. My concern isn’t with Sept. 16, Oct. 6 or whenever; it’s making sure he’s comfortable when he returns to play, end of story. I’m about the bigger picture with this thing.”





Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.


  1. Joe says:

    JoshRimerHockey is becoming as big of a joke as Eklund’s Hockey Buzz is. IMHO Lyle Richardson, aka Spector, will publish rumors but not sensationalize them and state he broke the news first like the other two clowns.

  2. Steve Kohut says:

    Thanks for clearing SIDS status u w/us pens fans.

  3. Sabu Says says:

    Anything not reported by the beat writers such as Rob, or established media outlets like TSN, is total b*llshit. Why do people read that crap from morons like that eklund idiot or spectors is beyond me.

  4. che says:

    Looks like we might not see Sid on the ice for quite a long time yet. What stings the most is the fact that such a lenghty loss of such an important player has never been avenged on the ones who caused it – Steckel and Hedman – neither by the league nor bu the players on-ice. For the likes of Dipietro and Comeau Islanders whipped us 9:3 and beat the sh** out of our players. And the Pens players didn’t even bother to do just anything to address so much more harmful loss of Sidney. Shame.

  5. Shawn says:

    Don’t lump Spector in with the rest of those guys.

    Think Mario in 1991.

    Let Sid sit out until 2012 and then come back in time to roll through the playoffs.

    In the meantime, Malkin and Co. can all bring their games up a notch in his absence. And when Sid returns, it will be to a better team.

  6. Joe Col says:

    If “Camp Crosby” or the Pens provided updates to his condition and when i say that, I mean speaking to the media once a month and if nothing new is known, state it publicly, it would go a long way in keeping the “rumor mongers” at bay. But Crosby and the Pens have been silent all along so they reap what they sow – if they don’t like the rumors and off the record comments, then change what they are doing

  7. Lisa says:

    Joe Col is spot on.
    The Pens organization has handled this whole thing poorly from day one.
    The fact that nothing happened to Steckel or Hedman, average players at best,
    the league looked the other way, the face of the NHL being injured in such
    a way….amazing.

  8. James Thompson says:

    This sounds like public optimism and private nervousness, especially since a double concussion is nothing to be sneezed at, and Sidney has indeed been reporting recurring headaches and has been seeking second and third opinions. And then, the NHL has been obliged to take these injuries and their effects more seriously than they did in the past. So we shall see.

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