Doctors treating Penguins center Sidney Crosby will make a determination about his return when they are confident that he has healed enough and that screws that were surgically implanted in his broken jaw are properly set, according to someone with knowledge of his recovery.
There is no timetable for that.
Crosby has had at least a couple of upper teeth replaced and faces more dental work, including additional root canals, in the coming days. He visited with teammates Thursday at Consol Energy Center and was said to be in good spirits. He has not practiced.
He was hurt March 30 when he got hit with a puck. A shot taken by teammate Brooks Orpik deflected upward off the New York Islanders' Brad Boyes and into Crosby's mouth before the team captain had a chance to react.
Although he has missed the past three games, Crosby still leads the NHL with 56 points in 36 games.
He has had no concussion symptoms, and that will be monitored once he gets clearance to work out and exert himself. While recovering from a concussion and neck injury that gutted most of his previous two seasons, Crosby had some exercise-induced symptoms.