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Sidney Crosby not cleared to return, not retiring

So said the Penguins' captain and star at a news conference in Pittsburgh today.

He was joined at the media gathering by the two doctors who have been treating and monitoring Crosby since he was sidelined with a concussion in January.

 

"I see this as a manageable injury and we're making progress in Sid's case and I anticipate Sid returning to hockey and playing well in the future," said Dr. Michael Collins.

Things are basically status quo then for Crosby, who has skated numerous times and tried to ramp up his training to get to the point of practicing, only to have concussion symptoms return and force him to back off.

It sounds as if he'll be able to skate when the Penguins open training camp in 10 days, but not able to fully practice, which likely means Crosby won't start the regular season.

When asked if he'd play this season, Crosby said he thought he would. When asked if he would have to retire, he said: "I wouldn't bet on it."

 

 

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