Sidney Crosby has been cleared by a Pittsburgh concussion specialist to begin his off-ice summer workout routine, but as he normally does in the offseason, he won't start those workouts until late July or early August.
It's good news for the NHL's poster boy, just a little over a month after suffering a setback in recovery from the concussion that's kept him out of Penguins games since January. Crosby was pushing himself in late April to return from his injury for the postseason, and it's possible, though unconfirmed, that the extra demand on his body led to the setback.
We've said over and over again that the only way to treat a concussion is rest, rest and more rest. Crosby has seen plenty of that. According to Penguins general manager Ray Shero, Crosby spent the last three weeks on vacation, and seems to be ready to rest some more before beginning those workouts.
But now, Crosby is back in regular summer workout mode. Hopefully, that means a return for training camp. The Pittsburgh Penguins are a different team without him.