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An off-day ‘update’ on Crosby, Malkin.

A quick off-day post for the dear readers:

= Fans can, unfortunately, expect a lot of rumors about C Sidney Crosby over the next few hours/days/weeks. (Actually, the rumors have already started.) Believe what you want, but here are the only confirmable facts:

 ♦ Crosby hasn’t missed a scheduled practice session dating to the start of training camp.

♦ He has said he is feeling better, the best he has in months, in fact.

♦ The Penguins are in town all of this week. Michael Collins, the clinical neuropsychologist who heads his concussion team, is located in Pittsburgh. Crosby’s first chance to physically meet with Collins since early last week is, technically, today. Collins will inform Penguins team physician Dr. Charles Burke if Crosby is cleared for contact. None of that information means that Crosby IS meeting with Collins today or that Collins WILL inform Burke that Crosby IS cleared for contact.

♦ When cleared for contact, Collins has said there will be levels of contact introduced, and that Crosby must successfully pass the requirements of those levels before he is cleared to play in games.

♦ Neither Crosby nor the Penguins are going to rush his clearance for contact. That statement has been made repeatedly by both Crosby and members of the Penguins.

At the risk of coming off condescending, I have no interest in confirming or denying every Tweeter, blogger, etc., who tosses out sourced information regarding Crosby – just as I would hope no Tweeter, blogger, etc., would feel the need to confirm/deny sourced information about Crosby from me or any other reporter.

The Penguins will hold a morning skate tomorrow before the home opener against Florida. Crosby is scheduled to participate. There is no indication he won’t, and perhaps he will have any update on his status then. Perhaps not, too.

Not to beat a rented mule here, but the next round of Crosby news will develop when it develops, and the guess here is Crosby will be breaking it in some way, shape or form. At this point, that is how it should be.

I’d preach patience on this subject, but that seems futile at this point.

= As for C Evgeni Malkin, who did not play Sunday at Edmonton because of lower body soreness: I continue to hear that the soreness is not serious, and there are no indications that the soreness is located in his right knee that was surgically repaired last season and afterward painstakingly rehabilitated. I’m told Malkin likely will take the skate tomorrow with the intention of playing, but that if the soreness remains those plans could change.

Again, I’m sure there will be a lot of speculation. Believe, as always, what you want.




Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib


  1. MarkV says:

    Just finished reading the SI article re Crosby and Dr. Carrick in Atlanta. Article isn’t sure if Carrick is to be believed or not as an

  2. tomas says:

    Need an update on Dustin Jeffrey. The quicker Crosby & Jeffrey get back into the lineup then maybe Bylsma will finally give up on Mark Letestu.

  3. sabu says says:

    It was unusally warm in western canada during that trip, especially in Vancouver. That means early season ice that is normally bad was probably worse. That means groin injuries. In sure that’s Geno’s current issue. Sid has had that trouble as well. its a typical early season ailment.

  4. espo33 says:

    tomas-Letestu isn’t that bad. He has a really good shot actually. He is just not a 1st or 2nd line centermen. It is not his fault there is no one else… and he is a real good face off guy. Much better then Malkin or Staal.

    I am suprised Park is on the 4th line

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