Sidney Crosby is training as if he will start the Penguins' season opener on Oct. 6. His status is still up in the air, however, with rumors flying that lingering symptoms from the concussion he suffered in January will hold him back. Pens' general manager Ray Shero wouldn't comment either way on Crosby's status, emphasizing only that the star center has "been going very hard."
"There are no dates," Shero said. "When he is cleared to play, he is cleared to play. ... We are thinking bigger picture here. I've always told Sid, you will never be pressured to play or pressured to practice."
Crosby has refused to talk to news media this summer as he trains nears his offseason home in Nova Scotia. He is expected to show up in Pittsburgh a week before camp opens in September, at which time there should be more concrete news on his status.