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Now we all know that the Sidney Crosby is now coming back and is almost ready for contact in practice. News that the Pittsburgh Penguins, the fans, and Crosby himself have been waiting for since he was put out of the line up indefinitely from a hit by Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

While he’s been practicing for weeks now, he’s just not quite ready to play but is positive he’ll be back ready to play soon.

Sidney Crosby is the face of the National Hockey League, therei s no doubts about that, and since they’ve been without their ‘main man’ with Crosby being injured, it’s put a lot of pressure on Sidney to return. While this hasn’t happened outwardly, it’s obviously hurting the NHL when the face of the entire league is out of the line up for as long as he’s been.

Crosby suffered his first concussion during the Winter Classic when Washington Capitals forward, David Steckel and Crosby collided causing Crosby’s first concussion. Then it was a hit by previously stated, Lightning defensemen, Victor Hedman which put Crosby out the rest of the season, post season, and now into the pre-season this year.

The good news is for Pittsburgh fans is that Crosby is practicing with high intensity and is expected to be cleared for contact soon. He is expected to join his teammates on the first road trip to western Canada, starting in Vancouver. It’s not likely Crosby plays on the trip, but having him there has to give an emotional lift to the Penguins organization.

 

The St. Louis Blues are getting some good news as well as forward David Perron took and passed the NHL’s baseline test to move forward with his workouts and on-ice workouts.

He’s not ready for contact and isn’t anywhere close to getting into a game, however, he’s making progress and this is the most progress the 23 year old, Sherbrooke, Quebec native has made since suffering his a concussion last season. It was a hit by San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton on November 4th of last season.

After the Blues lost Perron, they went on a slide and lost two more top six forwards in TJ Oshie and Andy McDonald. They then lost three top six defenders in Carlo Colaiacovo, Roman Polak, and Barret Jackman. They slide down the standings and couldn’t climb back into the post season by seasons end. The loss of Perron was the start of that.

Now the Blues are hoping that getting Perron back can really lift their team this season. They have to be realistic however and they know that David isn’t likely to see any NHL action until at least November. They’ve waited nearly a year to get him back, not point on rushing him now.

 

Toronto is also thanking the end of a concussion as a player they acquired in the off-season, Matthew Lombardi has passed his baseline test, and actually got into the Leafs/Wings games last night for the first time since last year. Lombardi himself has said he’s feeling 100% and isn’t having any symptoms, news that Leafs fan have to be happy about.

Lombardi was acquired, along with defensemen Cody Franson from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defensemen, Brett Lebda. Franson was a “throw in” for the Leafs to take on Lombardi’s contract as it looked like he wouldn’t be lacing up any time soon. Yet as we see with his progress, this summer, you never can truly gauge a concussion. Franson and Lombardi for nothing (as Nashville bought out Lebda, making him an unrestricted free agent) could prove to be a complete fleece deal by Brian Burke.

However, we’ll have to wait and see if Lombardi can return to the offensive talented player he was before his concussion and to see how Franson can turn into the top four defensemen he’s projected to be. Yet if either add any positives to the Leafs, it’s a good deal for Toronto.

 

These are three concussions that have hampered three very talented players that are finally coming to an end. The best news that these players, their teams, and the league all could hear.

 

 

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