2011 Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview: Penguins Hope Healthy Stars Can Spur Playoff Success
2011 Pittsburgh Penguins Team Preview: Penguins Hope Healthy Stars Can Spur Playoff Success

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OUTLOOK - Uncertainty Clouds Penguins Fantasy Prospects for 2011-12

It's been said that time heals all wounds but how much can the Penguins and Sidney Crosby really bank on an old English proverb? Crosby suffered at least one well-documented concussion, and perhaps two, during a five-day span in early January. Pens GM Ray Shero won't rush Crosby back, making it clear that the superstar must be 100 percent symptom free before even advancing to practice. As a result, the organization faces plenty of questions heading into the season and fantasy owners are left searching for some answers.

A healthy Crosby puts Pittsburgh into the NHL's elite class with other franchises like Vancouver and Boston. Crosby netted 32 goals and 66 points in exactly half a season last year, stringing together a 25-game scoring streak. But that was before he got hurt. Shero won't let his star back on the ice until he's fully healthy. Concussion

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Toperzer
John has written for Rotowire.com since 2003 and serves as the beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s worked for the Pirates for 17 years, written for the Penguins’ Web site as the first game-day editor, and rooted for the Steelers dating back to the Immaculate Reception.
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