Marc Savard and Sidney Crosby are two very separate cases. One player has had a career filled with concussions and missed significant time in numerous seasons because of them. The other player suffered his first concussion of his professional career last season. While it is true that Crosby’s case has crossed the threshold from common to extreme, there is little value, and even less accuracy, in speculating the state of no. 87′s return to the ice. Yet, some continue to pinpoint a comeback date while others even suggest that Sid will never play again.
Matt Krombach of Inside Hockey recently wrote a piece which incorrectly placed Savard and Crosby in the same category. He also stated that fans are likely not to see Crosby ‘anytime soon’. In Krombach’s defense, he centered the article around Dr. Gary Joubert’s medical opinion:
“I think it’s going to be a long time before Mr. Crosby, in my humble opinion, is back to full activity.”
I fail to see what Dr. Joubert’s is basing his opinion off of. Speculating that Crosby will not soon return seems premature after leaning that the superstar was training at 90% over the off-season. Remember, Crosby was not forced to shut down. He only had to scale back his workouts. The progression from the post-season–where he was forced to shut down completely–to the off-season seems more than significant.
Of course, the best news would have been to hear that the former Art Ross champion is 100% ready to go. I am not saying that Sid will be back for the first game of the season. I don’t think anyone knows. But, ruling him out with absolute certainty is an even greater injustice. Until you hear from Crosby, his agent, or the Penguins that Sid will miss significant time, everything else is simply speculation.