Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/25/13 at 10:38 AM ET
from Chris Johnston now of Sportsnet,
What stands out most during a few days around the Penguins in the early stages of the 48-game season is how significantly Crosby's narrative has changed. No longer is he asked endlessly about the well-documented concussion and neck injuries that cost him most of the last two seasons.
Even the frustration stemming from a lockout took another 34 games off the prime of his career has quickly faded into the background.
"I just think he's back to being the normal Sidney Crosby," said Penguins GM Ray Shero. "He's thinking about everything else except his health. He's thinking about the team, he's thinking about how he can be better, how he's training, how we can improve this or that. Now it's back to normal, which has been awhile.
"That is really something that we haven't had for a long time."
The optimism doesn't come solely from seeing Crosby back on the ice. Instead it's rooted in how good he's felt for the better part of 10 months. His official comeback (version 2.0) came in March with a 20-game stretch to complete the regular season and playoffs, and was followed by an intense summer of workouts and long fall of waiting out the lockout.
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