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Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:54 pm

By Brian Stubits

CROSBY HITS THE ICE: For the first time since April, Sidney Crosby has taken to the ice (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) for workouts as he continues toward his return from the concussion he sustained midway through last season. In April, as the Penguins were in playoff mode, Crosby was working out with the team, leading to speculation he might come back for the playoffs. He was soon shut down because of headaches, which were blamed on a sinus infection, not concussion symptoms. It's still just another small step in his recovery and doesn't guarantee he'll be ready for camp, but at this point it can only be taken as a positive for Pittsburgh.

PRONGER PROBLEMS: Speaking of rehabbing players and camp, Chris Pronger could miss the Flyers' training camp for the second consecutive year. Recovering from the removal of a herniated disc in his back, Pronger is still not able to up his own personal training beyond treadmill walking as he was directed to give his back 12 weeks to scar up and heal. Hopefully it's not an omen for a repeat of last year, when Pronger played just 50 games, his lowest total since 2002-03.

MR. POPULAR'S PENGUINS: Pennsylvania is Steelers country, right? Well yes, it still is, but not among the youth. While the Steelers remain the state's most popular team, including the teams across the state in Philly. But the Penguins lead all teams in the coveted demographic of fans between 18 and 29 years old. Among that demographic, the Penguins received 27 percent of the vote, with the Steelers second at 22 percent. Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review points out that the Penguins were on the brain at the time of the survey as it was in the middle of Jagr Watch. No matter, it's quite a feather in the Pens' cap to beat out the Steelers, Phillies and Eagles in the young demographic.

THEY COULD BE CONTENDERS: At the Florida Panthers' developmental camp, the team received a visit and motivational speech from Micky Ward (Sun-Sentinel) or the man the movie The Fighter was based on. His story certainly stuck with some of the young Panthers prospects like 2011 draft pick Logan Shaw: "Everyone's going to have low points in their career like he did, retiring for two-and-a-half years. He did it for himself, that's why he came back. That's how we all made it here, believing in ourselves and that's going make us have a successful career."

LET YOUR WINGS FLY: Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader is going to get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take to the air with the famous U.S. Navy Blue Angels (Detroit Free Press). The former Mr. Hockey in Michigan will join the Blue Angels in a special showing in Ypsilanti where he will experience the tumbles, twirls, rolls and near-Mach 1 speeds of the Jets. The Blue Angels are in town for an air show next weekend.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 5:42 am
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: July 16, 2011 2:34 am

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

I looked up the article making reference to the Pennsylvania "poll" and there's some pretty flimsy data being used.  First off, they polled 545 people in a state of 12.2 million-- that's less than 0.004% of the population.

To focus in on the 18-29 demographic and act like it's significant is even funnier.  If the survey sought to have a proportional balance in its polling audience, you have to exclude 27% of Pennsylvania's population as they're under the age of 18.  To go further, the percentage of Pennsylvanians between the ages of 18 and 29 is roughly 12% -- the equivalent of what should be 65 people in this polling sample of 545.  That means this poll declared a "winner" of the 18-29 demographic because 27% of those polled in that group -- the equivalent of 18 people -- liked the Penguins.  Something tells me, the Steelers and Eagles would pull a little higher than the Penguins in a legit sporting poll.

In addition, this poll was conducted as part of a political survey -- not exactly a real sporting survey, is it?  The long and short of it is a political survey threw in a few questions about favorite sports teams and 18 people in a state of 12.2 million liked the Penguins...and the team now thinks they're running with the most desirable demographic across the state?  Gimme a break.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:18 am

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

Guys never wore helmets and never got concussions. Now they all wear helmets.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 16, 2011 1:10 am

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

Even a life long Wings fan hopes Crosby comes back.... nobody deserves to have his career end like that.  To live a life full of migraines after hockey isn't fair, nobody should have to do it.  And hockey is already not popular enough... losing star players would hurt the game.  Not to mention I want my best 2 out of 3... need to see the Pens and Wings in the finals one more time.... without Crosby, I don't believe that happens.  They played well without him the last half of the season last year but that'll catch up to them.  Nobody can afford to lose a guy like that and still contend for a cup anytime soon.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: July 16, 2011 12:33 am

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

Great to hear Crosby's back on the ice.  While I'm a life long Rangers fan.  I appreciate the talent and grit that Sid the kid brings to the game. More and more you see great players taken out before their time because of head and brain injuries.  This game needs the Crosby,and Malkins that make this the best game in the world.  I hope he comes back better than ever and that the NHL becomes even more vigilant against the head hunters that give this great game a black eye. Continue to get well Sydney,  I look forward to sereing you and Malkin this fall.  Come back better than ever!

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:24 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

Get back healthy Sid. Then start growin' that creepy perv 'stache and we'll (fingers crossed) see you in the playoffs.

Signed  - The New (and Improved?) Flyers

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 6:43 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

I am sure that Pittsburgh gets PA's fans, here in Philly we are seperate from the state of PA. You can drive to NYC and back twice faster than you can get to Pitt. Aside from that us in the Philly area really dont consider ourselves Pennsylvania. Ridiculous as it may sound but is true, I can get to Delaware, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, D.C., Virginia, Massachusettes faster driving than I can to Pittsburgh. So yea redneck country PA outside of urban and burbs Philly is all mountains and farmlands. Once you pass the reach of hometown loyalty you get Pittsburgh fans, cause well there aint much going on to be happy about outside of Philly in the PA world known. Especially if your hopes and dreams rely on my teams. I been a Philly only fan my whole life. Watching my teams is like having sex with Heidi Klum and then having her leave right before I finish, which aint long lol.

Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:50 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

I wonder who is more despised, Pronger or Crosby? Pronger probably because he has played longer and is far grittier. But Crosby is a superstar and people are jealous of all of his success, plus he seems to get the Golden Boy treatment from the media. Some people think the refs favor him as well. I hope they both come back strong, meet in the playoffs, and the series goes 7 games. Nothing is better than Fyer-Penguin playoff series. 

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:26 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

I'm pleased to see the Penguins putting Sidney Crosby's future first.  Many other sports and organizations would have hurried him back in April to try and win something in the short term, the Penguins are a young team looking at a bright future with Sid the Kid at the forefront.  It's time to applaud a team that puts players before the team, job well done..

Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 3:13 pm

Daily Skate: Crosby hits ice, Pronger delayed

This is good for hockey. Even though I'm not a fan of his, I hope he can make a full recovery.
Spoken (or written) like a true hockey fan.

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