Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, who missed the last several months of the Pens’ 2010-2011 season, “probably is already ready to go,” says head coach Dan Bylsma, and he’s currently working out in the way he typically does during the summer.
“The doctors here cleared him to go home and work out as he normally would be working out,” Bylsma said. "He’s been working out two times a day and progressing along his normal road of normal summer activity.
“He’s got another 2½ months ahead of him doing that.”
This is, obviously, fantastic news for the Penguins. The Pens played reasonably well without Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (who appears to have mostly recovered from his ACL and MCL surgery, and who should also be ready for the start of the 2011-2012 season) as the 2010-2011 regular season came to a close. But the team hit a wall in the playoffs and were eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Pens might well have been a Stanley Cup contender if not for the injuries. Penguins fans have been on tenterhooks all spring about Crosby’s return and whether he’d be ready for the beginning of next season. Now, it appears he will be.