The 2011-2012 season opens with much optimism for the Penguins. For starters, Sidney Crosby has been scrimmaging with the team and has accompanied them on their West coast tour to open the season. Sid still has not been cleared for contact, but everyone close to Crosby is confident this will happen very soon. Sid has been able to ratchet up his workouts to full exertion without symptoms. Even more encouraging is Sid's demeanor. He's light, he's joking around, and he's clearly having fun despite still being sidelined. There is finally light at the end of the tunnel, and Crosby can see it clearly. For the Penguins and for the rest of the league, that is tremendous.