"He has been progressing and getting closer," Pittsburgh head coach Dan Bylsma said. "That's been happening over the course of the last week and a half or so. But really, until he went and saw Dr. [Michael] Collins in conjunction with Dr. [Charles] Burke -- they saw him today [Sunday] and talked to him and cleared him, and that's when the decision was made that [Monday] would be the day."
Crosby was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season until his injury, tallying 32 goals and 66 points in 41 games, but history has shown that individual production of post-concussion syndrome sufferers takes a big hit, so it is unlikely Crosby will return to the offensive level he was at when he left the game last season. That begs the question: What impact could Crosby have on the ice this season?