While it has been known that Sidney Crosby would not be playing in the All-Star game, the team announced this morning that Crosby will not attend any of the festivities this weekend.
Crosby is still not completely symptom-free, General Manager Ray Shero said this morning.
“Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free,” General Manager Ray Shero said in making the announcement. “The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon.
Crosby will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins host the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. He has not been cleared to resume physical activity.
“I know Sidney is very honored to have been selected by the fans to appear in the All-Star Game, and he was happy to attend the festivities two years ago when he couldn’t play because of a knee injury,” Shero said. “However, in this situation – when he has not even skated for two and a half weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity – we think it’s best for him to focus totally on his recovery.
“I spoke with Brendan Shanahan of the NHL office and informed him of our decision. Brendan was very understanding and offered Sidney his best wishes for a quick return to the lineup.”