The Pittsburgh Penguins have been fairly vague about Sidney Crosby’s progress since the team captain had muscle core surgery Nov. 14, but that changed Monday.
Coach Mike Sullivan divulged after the team practiced in Calgary that Crosby has been skating on his own for about six days. That’s easily a big step in his recovery.
“He’s making progress in his rehab process, and so we’re encouraged by where he’s at,” Sullivan said. “As he gets closer, we’ll update you.”
Sullivan said there is no target date for Crosby’s return.
“We’re taking each day as it comes, but we’re certainly encouraged with his progress to this piont,” the coach said. “Obviously, the fact that he’s skating again and has skated for a couple days now is really encouraging.”
The initial timeline was for Crosby to be out at least six weeks. That would take him through the NHL’s Christmas break.
There apparently are no plans for Crosby to join the Penguins on their four-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Calgary, so the earliest Crosby could join the team for a non-game-day practice would be Dec. 29 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
Crosby had five goals, 17 points in 17 games before he got hurt and was playing a dominating two-way style.