Crosby suffered a concussion in January 2011 and missed the remainder of the regular season and the postseason. After returning in November of this season, he took a hit from David Krejci of the Boston Bruins on Dec. 6 and has been sidelined ever since.
While initial reports over the weekend said Crosby had two fractured vertebrae, the Penguins released a statement saying that there is no neck fracture. Rather, he has a soft-tissue injury that could be responsible for causing concussion symptoms.
Once again, though, there is no timeline for his return to the ice (though he is skating), and general manager Ray Shero stressed Crosby will come back when he is symptom-free.
All of this drama has some wondering if the Penguins should strip Crosby of his captaincy until he is healthy. It's an understandable question; however, I really don't think that is necessary.
Here are some reasons why the Penguins should not appoint a new leader.