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“"The good news is he continues to work out, he's worked out hard during the summer," Shero said. "We'll see where we are come training camp." Coach Dan Bylsma doesn't think the team will need to treat Crosby with kid gloves whenever he's cleared. Bylsma doesn't anticipate holding Crosby out of the preseason if his superstar has been OK'd by doctors. "I don't think when Sidney Crosby is healthy and ready to go, he's not going to shy away from contact, nor is he going to shy away from competition," Bylsma said. "It would take quite a bit to keep him out of getting ready for the start of the regular season." Crosby was in the midst of an MVP-type season before the injury, amassing 66 points (32 goals, 34 assists) in 41 games. He sustained hits in consecutive games in early January before being diagnosed with the concussion. He flirted with returning during the playoffs before a series of setbacks kept him off the ice. Both Shero and Bylsma have been in frequent contact with Crosby since the season ended, with Shero saying most of their discussions have centered on the team, not Crosby's health. Shero senses Crosby's frustration and doesn't think setting an arbitrary deadline for his return would do anybody any good. "I want him to feel good about himself," Shero said. "He'll be back at some point to play hockey."
The good news is he continues to work out, he's worked out hard during the summer. We'll see where we are come training camp.” -- Penguins GM Ray Shero
on Sidney Crosby