Well if hes working out hard, he is presumably working out hard playing hockey, not polo, water skiing or lacrosse.
Hes been skating, shooting, stick handling, chasing the puck against other guys.
It doesn't seem like a massive stretch to see him actually playing in a game, because thats essentially what he`s been doing for a couple of weeks.
The difference between being cleared for harder training is a massive one from being cleared for contact when a player's recovering from a concussion. Even after a guy gets cleared for contact by team doctors it's very rare to see him step into the line-up without a few practices under his belt.
Because the two incidents are completely different.
Why do people insist on comparing Crosby's concussion with Pacioretty's ? I don't understand this.
Because in a different time and age, Crosby would be on the ice today I believe. But they are not taking any chances with this. This guy is worth millions to the League.
Same with Pax, although to a different scale. And let me remind you that the guy had ALSO a broken neck, about 6 weeks ago.
I'm not comparing the concussions, I'm comparing the medical cases. How quick do you come back from a broken neck and a concussion, in a game where speed and toughness is primordial? The answer is not 6 weeks.
Not in 2011. Not anymore. The players and organisations are way more concerned about this stuff than before. Training camp is the best bet.