December 3, 2011; Raleigh, NC, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) carries the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC center. The Penguins defeated the Hurricanes 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-US PRESSWIRE

The Captain Is Closer

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that even though there is no timetable for his return, he has cleared the next hurdle in his recovery.      He has officially been cleared for contact.    

This is huge news for the Pens.     If they are able to get Crosby back by the playoffs, this team could be primed for a big run.     As big as the news is though, it is still a waiting game as was stated by the team and him, there is no timetable for his return.    Here is a quote from Crosby today from his press conference after practice.

“I was cleared to do contact,” said Crosby, who resumed contact practice with his teammates Tuesday afternoon. “We’ll see how that goes. There is no real timetable, but it’s a good step. Hopefully, I can keep the momentum and get out there soon.”

“I’ll give myself days with contact,” he said. “We have two more practices this week. No sooner than Sunday, I would say, but I’m not going to sit here and put a date on it. It would be total guesswork. I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point.”

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