Penguins C Crosby cleared for workouts

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has been cleared by team doctors

to start offseason, off-ice workouts.

Crosby played his last game on Jan. 5, and did not return for

the Penguins as he recovered from a concussion. Pittsburgh advanced

to the playoffs without him, but lost in Round 1 to Tampa Bay in

seven games.

Crosby, who sustained two hard hits in as many games before

being shut down, will work out with a personal trainer for the next

2-3 weeks in Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, according to Penguins

general manager Ray Shero, and will be monitored by Dr. Michael

Collins of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

”Everything will be closely managed by Dr. Collins,” Shero

said, ”in terms of his progression leading up to him getting on

the ice later in the summer per his usual routine.”

Though he played in just 41 games, Crosby, 23, still led the

team with 32 goals and 66 points. Without him, the Penguins took a

3-1 series lead against the Lightning, before losing the final

three games, including two at home.

Crosby is likely to begin on-ice workouts in late July or early

August.