Sidney Crosby may, in fact, be getting closer to a return from a months-long absence due to a concussion, but as of Monday his status is unchanged, according to Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma. In recent weeks, speculation has ramped up that Crosby was getting closer to playing, and the Penguins have started releasing nearly daily updates in regards to his status. But there remains no word on when he'll return.
Crosby has been out Jan. 5, 2011, when he suffered what was deemed a serious concussion. On Monday, he was practicing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, but he was not made available for interviews. Crosby has been participating in practice for several weeks and has been cleared for full contact.
After Tuesday's game, the Penguins will go on a two-game road trip to Florida in which they'll play the Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. The team says they will announce his return with at least one day's notice.
For more insight into Crosby's situation, be sure to check out Penguins blog Pensburgh.