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Obligatory Sidney Crosby Update: Still No Return Date in Mind

We had a bit of a debate going on in the comments section of a post the other day in which a number of readers debated the return of Sidney Crosby to the Penguins lineup.  Some suggested March.  Others tossed out April.  And then others, who received a lot of flack for saying so, suggested until evidence would suggest otherwise, he may not be back a all.

Well, that last one is still hard to say for sure, but according to Sam Kasan's report on, a required time to heal remains the biggest issue here:

"I’m getting better. It’s just slow," Crosby said. "That’s the tough part, the progression and everything is improving. It’s just at a slower rate than I want it to be. It’s out of my control. You just hope with time, the quicker the better.

"There’s no timetable whatsoever. It’s impossible to gage or put a number of days or a timetable (on it). There’s nothing you can do but give yourself a chance to heal. I hope that happens sooner rather than later."

Heading into tonight's game against the Kings, the Pens have 27 games remaining on the schedule.  Sid, who played in 41 up until he was diagnosed with a concussion, may be looking at a career-low for games played this season, provided he still needs another month or so to heal.  His previous low of 53 games stems from the 2007-08 season when he suffered a high-ankle sprain.