TORONTO (Reuters) - Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was back on skates for the first time in nearly 10 weeks Monday, but had no clue if he would play again this season.
Sidelined with a concussion since January 5, Crosby practiced for around 15 minutes in full-equipment but was limited to stickhandling around cones and shooting a few pucks.
Asked later whether he might make a comeback in time for the playoffs, Crosby said he was still uncertain.
“I may not feel great this afternoon and not be able to skate tomorrow,” he said in an interview on the Penguins website (www.PittsburghPenguins.com).
“The only reason I was able to skate today is because I’ve had some good days here, done a little bit of exercise and got through that.
“That doesn’t mean there are any guarantees. It’s just a progression.”
Already one of the NHL’s biggest drawcards, Crosby was enjoying one of his best seasons yet when the 23-year-old Canadian was badly concussed after being slammed into the end boards, triggering fresh debate about violence in the sport.
His re-appearance on the ice comes at the same time NHL general managers are meeting in Florida to discuss ways of reducing concussions.
“I’ve been symptom free the last few days,” Crosby said .
“That doesn’t mean that when I exert myself that I won’t have symptoms. That could always happen.
“That’s pretty normal when you have that. It’s a process and we’ll see how things go.”
Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto; Editing by Julian Linden