Sidney Crosby spoke to the media for the first time since taking a puck to the face on March 30 in the Pittsburgh Penguins game against the New York Islanders. Crosby has been on a liquid diet since his emergency surgery for his broken jaw and says that it makes it impossible to keep weight on. There is no timeline on his return but he will be meeting with the doctors later this week and there may be an update then. Crosby did however say he is feeling better:
“I felt it but I didn’t see it,” said Crosby, whose 56 points are tops in the league. “It was kind of a weird bounce and just one of those things that happen and having gone a week or however long it’s been now, it’s gotten better. I feel a lot better than I did after it happened.”
There is still no indication of concussion-like symptoms which have been a problem for Sid in the past. The Penguins aren’t too worried about Crosby’s absence though even with the added absence of James Neal with a concussion. Their win on Sunday night secured them a playoff spot. Crosby though is anxious to get back on the ice:
“We’ll see how it heals and it will be a process here the next little bit but I’m not too worried about the teeth,” Crosby said. “I’m worried about making sure I’m healed and hopefully that’s sooner rather than later.”
The Penguins are after the Stanley Cup this year and hopefully their captain will return in time to hoist it once again.