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Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

Posted on: April 8, 2011 8:46 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2011 8:55 pm
 

With every passing day bringing us closer and closer to the playoffs, the mystery remains unsolved: Will Sidney Crosby play? Where's the Mystery Machine when you need it?

Well, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is leading us to believe that Crosby certainly won't be playing when the postseason begins next week. That much seems pretty certain.

From NHL.com:

"We've said it before and continue to say it -- he has a couple more steps to go in his rehabilitation before he can even think about returning to play," Bylsma told reporters. "I don't know how fast that's going to happen, I don't know if that's going to happen. There's no way to even make a timetable. And considering that he has two more steps to go through, it would seem like anything in the immediate future is out of the question."
Of course the return of Crosby would be huge for the Pens. They have surprised some by playing so well without The Kid and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup. Here it is the final weekend of the year, and Pittsburgh is hanging in the race for the No. 2 seed on the division title. That would be an amazing feat for a team that lost two players of that quality midseason. But the power play has struggled for weeks. Oh, and he's Sidney Crosby, ya know, perhaps the best player in the game?

They for sure won't see Geno back this year, but Crosby remains possible. He's been out since New Year's when he suffered a concussion. But at this point, it's seeming less and less likely. With the way Pittsburgh has played despite his absence, though, imagine what the Pens would be capable of if their superstar can return?

-- Brian Stubits

Comments

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

Well I hope if he is "still a couple steps away from even thinking of coming back" that he just stays home and roots for his team. One year at this early stage of his career is not worth taking a chance on one playoff series. The Penguins are still a good team without him, and like just about every other team will go as their goalie goes. Fleurry has not been great lately, but if he picks it up they could still be fine. A possible 2nd round matchup with the Flyers who also are in a rut could put them slam back into the conference championship where they lose to Washington.

I for one wish Sid could play because I think the Caps are peaking at the right time and I wouldn't want them to have excuses. I would however except an excuse that Crosby and Malkin were out so it didn't mean as much. Unfortunately I think Vancouver is too tough for anyone this year, but again if you go in with a hot goalie and a few breaks go your way, you never know.

Washington has had their fair share of concussion players over the last few years and mike Green has missed the last 20+ games as well. We will see if he plays in the finale, but I have my doubts about whether he should be coming back so soon as well. He also took two knockout blows in a week like Sid.



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

"The Cooke LEGAL HIT was Savards 4th or 5th Concussion - the damage was already done at that point. Had Savard been properly treated the first or second time his career may not be over."

And you wonder why people think Penguin fans are morons.   I'll tell you what  ... if you think that hit was "LEGAL" .. If Crosby gets hit with a "LEGAL" hit as well, and we'll see if your tune doesn't change just a little.  Cooke is a known cheap shot artist that intentionally targeted Savard from the blind side and intentionally ELBOWED him directly to the head.  GUTLESS and DIRTY.   Matt Cooke deserves whatever bad karma is coming his way in his pathetic life ... cuz what goes around comes around and that little punk is due to get his. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:33 am
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

The Cooke LEGAL HIT was Savards 4th or 5th Concussion - the damage was already done at that point. Had Savard been properly treated the first or second time his career may not be over.

Sure.  That's why before Matt Cooke demolished him the previous 4 seasons he played in 82,74,82 and 82 games respectively.  Players always play that many games with 4 or 5 concussions under their belt.    Second of all, although it was "legal" the bottom line is Matt Cooke saw Savard with his head down and skated over full blast  to try and separate Savard's head from his shoulders.  That's the bottom line... you can pretty it up all you'd like but in the end what you say means nothing. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:23 am
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

No chance in hell they let Crosby play another minute this year.  Sure, the Pens have played some great hockey without Crosby and Malkin but anybody that doesn't understand the Pens that in the long run those 2 players control the Pens destiny just doesn't have a clue.  They have a good supporting cast that's played at the highest level they can play at for over 30 games right now and for especially the last 20 or so.  But that being said they need to get Crosby healthy or their franchise will suffer.  With Crosby and Malkin the Pens are contenders... they aren't going to take any chances.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: April 9, 2011 8:28 am
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

As a Caps fan, I am not a fan of Crosby.  However, I respect him and would hate to see his career be put in jeopardy.  The game needs him healthy and back in his old form.  It just seems wise to keep him out.  Concussions can ruin careers as we have seen before.  I even am one to believe he shouldn't have returned so quickly after the Steckel hit.  Could the Pens win it all with him this year, it's possible.  However, is it worth the risk?  Personally I think not.  And I'm not just saying this because I prefer to not see him back.  I have the same feelings towards Mike Green's potential return...



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

Just like when Savard came back too early from the Cooke blind-side cheap shot  .... same will happen with Crosby. 

The Cooke LEGAL HIT was Savards 4th or 5th Concussion - the damage was already done at that point. Had Savard been properly treated the first or second time his career may not be over.



Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

Gimme a break.  No team is ever a "lock" for the Cup, no matter what the circumstances.  Just look at the Capitals last year, whom a lot of people said were a lock.  There are just too many variables each year to predict the outcome.  Injuries, a hot goalie, and just plain luck can play huge roles. 



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:57 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

Just like when Savard came back too early from the Cooke blind-side cheap shot  .... same will happen with Crosby.  He'll pretty much be a sitting duck waiting to get mauled .. and not from a dirty hit, just a regular check would rattle his brain and then what.  If he's smart, he'll just sit out the playoffs as well and come back next year, otherwise he's jeapodizing his career just like Savard did, and look how that turned out.  Either way, the Penguins don't have it this year ... one and done unless they get lucky in the first round.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Bylsma doesn't see Crosby returning soon

If Sidney Crosby could make it back for the playoffs, with the way this team has been playing, the Pens would be virtually untouchable - almost a lock for the Cup. That being said, as a Pens fan, I'd rather Crosby sit out and continue to rehab. From what I've been able to gather, time is the great healer in concussions, and I would not want to see Crosby rush back, get another concussion, and perhaps be done forever. He and the core of the Pens are still quite young, and I'd prefer to play for the long haul, and to maximize Sidney's chances for a healthy and safe return to the game.

Let the Pens who are on the ice now carry this team as far as they can this season. If nothing else, it will be entertaining ('though it's too bad they don't do shootouts in the playoffs!!! :-))


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