Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expects to play again this season, even though his post-concussion symptoms linger.
Crosby, out of action since early January, still doesn’t have a timeline for his return but is confident his season is not over.
“I’m getting better, it’s just slow,” Crosby said on NHL.com. “That’s the tough part, the progression. Everything is improving, but it’s just at a slower rate than I’d want it to be. That’s kind of something, like I said, that’s out of my control and you just hope with time and, hopefully, (it’s) the quicker the better.
“But there’s no timetable. It’s whatever. It’s impossible to kind of gauge or really put a number of days on it or a timetable.” That said, Crosby knows there’s a possibility his post-concussion symptoms won’t clear up in time to get back on the ice this season. He recently returned to Pittsburgh after visiting his parents in Nova Scotia but isn’t close to skating again.
“You know what? That could happen,” he said of not playing again this season. “But am I sitting here packing it in? No. I hope I’m back and, geez, I hope I play this year. Like I said, I’m expecting to play this year.” Despite missing five weeks, Crosby is still fourth in league scoring with 66 points. He hasn’t played since being driven into the boards by Victor Hedman during a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Jan. 5.