Sidney Crosby met with Dr. Michael Collins, the specialist who's been monitoring his condition since he sustained a concussion in January, on Tuesday and is starting his summer program of off-ice workouts. Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said Crosby will be joined by his longtime personal trainer for the next 2-3 weeks as he works back into his routine in his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S.

"I met with Sid Wednesday before he left for home and talked to Dr. Collins," Shero told the Penguins website. "(Crosby) will resume his workouts and get back into his program in Cole Harbour."

Crosby, who spent the past three weeks on vacation, will not start on-ice workouts until late July or early August, which is his normal offseason workout schedule.

"Everything will be closely managed by Dr. Collins in terms of his progression leading up to him getting on the ice later in the summer per his usual routine," Shero said.

Crosby did not play after being diagnosed with a concussion after hits by Washington's Dave Steckel and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman in the Penguins' first two games in January. He skated with the team in non-contact practices at the start of the playoffs but had to stop when he experienced headaches.

Both the team and Crosby have said they expect him to be able to play in 2011-12.