Sidney Crosby spoke with the media after skating Friday in Sunrise, Fla., and while the elephant in the room was a morning report that suggested the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room was coming unglued in the wake of Crosby's prolonged absence, the main focus of his discussion with reporters was still his health.
On that front, Crosby is still experiencing symptoms, although he's been allowed to exert lightly, which is why he was able to skate at BankAtlantic Center on Friday. In his own words, via George Richards of the Miami Herald:
- Crosby still has symptoms. "Symptoms are a lot better, but I wouldn't say symptom free. I'm allowed to lightly exert. That's positive. When you're sitting around for a bit, it's nice that symptoms have been better. It's nice to get that step on the ice. We'll see how it goes."
- Is this worse than last year? "This is a tough injury. It's not clear-cut all the time. I think I know a lot more know about what I'm feeling and how to improve it, and I think being familiar actually probably helps a bit. At the same time, it's tough to be out and come back."
He has not been cleared to play. He has not been cleared for contact. He's just sick of riding the bike and skating around with his teammates isn't going to make it any worse, so that's essentially what he's doing.