News broke in the last hour that Sidney Crosby met with his doctor, and the doctor told Crosby he can start doing off-ice training again, something he'd started doing a couple of months ago before the same doctor told him he had to stop, on account of a "step back," as opposed to a "setback." Just so we're clear. Let's go to the official GTOG g-chat transcript for instant reaction:
Finesse: what does this mean? "Latest #Crosby developments seem to confirm GM Shero's belief that playoff headaches were a 'step back' not a 'setback.'" Is a step back worse or better than a setback?
Artistry: A setback is a disappointment. A step back must just be a voluntary disappointment.
Finesse: That's GM-speak - the distinction is meaningless to GTOG where we know how to parse language.
Finesse: Going from practicing to not being able to skate for another 2.5 months is not a good thing. That's what we know.
Finesse: Shero can call it whatever he wants. When Sid plays in a game in training camp, which is far from certain, then I'll feel better.
Artistry: No premature celebrations. We might have gotten a little too excited when he popped that water bottle.
Finesse: "The emergence of mild headaches during his non-contract training during the Stanley Cup playoffs was the believed the result of a sinus infection." Huh? That sounds a little odd to be coming out now, no?
Artistry: I recall hearing that before actually.
Finesse: Must have been a killer sinus infection.
Artistry: Who knows. Only one thing matters. He needs to be cleared for contact and make it through like a month of games with no problems. Then, maybe, we can relax a bit.
Finesse: It's going to be a taxing journey.
Artistry: Very. That's why GTOG won't get too high or too low over these reports.
Finesse: Even keel.
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