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Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Posted on: August 14, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 6:34 am

By Brian Stubits

Sidney Crosby could be out even longer, three separate sources told Josh Rimer of NHL Home Ice on SiriusXM Radio. According to Rimer's report, the only information is that Crosby might not be ready to start the season.

But then there was this from Kevin Allen at USA Today on Saturday:

[Crosby} has not talked to the media about his injury this summer, but the word is that he is training and planning as if he will be ready for the start of training camp. The NHL brings its Stars to New York for media interviews every September, and Crosby is planning to be there.

Earlier this summer there were even rumors that Crosby was mulling a very early retirement. Those were clearly way too premature and were taken with the biggest grains of salt you can find.

The conflicting reports are tough on the ol' sanity section of the brain. It's like a tug of war that makes this whole situation maddening. The silence from Crosby and the Penguins, while completely understandable, contributes to the angst and speculation. Silence might be golden, but in cases like this it's rotten.

While these reports should cause some alarm, it's certainly not panic time. I'll wait until the team comes out or Sid himself saying it will be a longer wait before fretting too much. But the idea of the NHL being without arguably its top star for longer is not good news. Even if you dislike Crosby -- and I know a vast number do -- you can't honestly think it's anything but bad for hockey, let alone Pittsburgh. We'll know for sure when camps start up next month.

Until then, we'll wait and wade through the rubbish.

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Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 7:27 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

crosby will be back , but as we hav all seen with marc savard and eric lindros but he wont be his usual cindy anymore. And he is just a regular hit away from the end although i i weird how karma can come and bite a orginazation right in he ass , the penguins have been cheap shot artists for years and Cooke amd ( the turtle ) talbot have hurt many players with ther dirty play it just seems funny how the penguins best commodity gets the same treatment the have dished out , Ah. Hope the penguins arent waiting for another fixed draft to get them another superstar because unless pittsburgh has changed. Bankrupty is right around the corner. AGAIN ! LOL

Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:27 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Crosby will be back at some point, but he will never be the same.  His injury was more than a concussion.  People close to the Penguins have said Crosby's injury is similar to the one that killed Dale Earnhardt.  It has something to do with the brain-stem or something like that.  

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 5:12 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

As a Capitals fan, I can't stand this fruitcake. But I hope he gets healthy so I can continue loathing this girly man. I admit he is one of the top 3 players in the league and hockey needs him (I just threw up a little in my mouth). Get healthy Cindy, so I can continue to laugh at your girly attitude and graceful figure skating moves.

Since: Aug 12, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 4:09 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Leafs fan here I don't like Crosby but you can't take away the fact he's a good player and sells seats at most arenas. Makes me wonder if Lombardi will recover as well, he was hurt 2 games into the season last year and is said to be eyeing camp for a comeback date. Crosby should take all the time he needs to recover. Anyone remember the Scott Steven on Lindros hit, just when he came over.

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:39 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Definitely bad for hockey having him miss more playing time. I dislike the guy but admit he is a great player.

He may never return to being anywhere near as good so brace yourself Pens fans. Watching Justin Morneau of the Twins try to comeback has to be frustrating for Twins fans, another great player who hasn't found his way back to his old great skill level.

Wonder if the suits in the front office will finally change the equipment rules and get rid of those football like shoulder pads.

The NHL rule makers got themselves to blame for the rash of concussions in the game since the radical rule changes after 2005 lockout.

NHL is slow to make changes so maybe we need another lockout.

Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:37 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

He will never play a 1,000 game or score a 1,000 points.Like Lindros,Bure,Malkin and Kariya.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:58 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

 The morons calling Sid over-rated or a pussy should follow a different sport because you clearly know nothing about hockey. I fail to see how Sid is or has ever been over-rated. He's probably the best player in the league year in and year out, at worst he's top 3 in the league. He's a complete player and he's been a dominant / elite player since he came into the league at 18. He was a bit a brat when he came into the league but for christ sake he was 18, he's def. matured and that was a long time ago. He's won everything you can win as a player and he's still got a lot of time left to do even more (assuming he recovers) Concussions are no joke, just ask Savard, LaFontaine, Kariya, Lindros etc etc. I'm a Canucks fan, but any hockey fan who denies Crosby's place in the game is ignorant, 13, or just talking out of their a5S. Enough with the Crosby bashing, it's old, tired and just ends up making you look moronic.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:25 am

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Red Wings fan here who will actually acknowledge Crosby as the best player in the world. I could make a case for Pavel too but we won't go there because that's beside the point. I hope the guy makes a full recovery for next season. The NHL needs him whether people like it or not. For those who preach the Crosby is overrated nonsense: Acquire a little hockey IQ before you make ignorant statements like that. That's something a plug who uses an entire roll of tape on his ankles so they don't touch the ice would say...

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:35 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

This guy is still hurt?

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:28 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Concussions are no joke. For yrs the major sports did little to nothing to address the issue, mainly b/c there hadn't been enough studies done to determine lingering effects, meaning research data was limited. This was surprising to me considering the number of players in the last 20 yrs, esp in the NFL & NHL, who have been forced to cut their careers short primarily b/c of multiple concussions. A few former NFL players have resorted to taking their own lives b/c the post-concussion symptoms had caused, among other things, severe depression, severe headaches, dementia, and overwhelming suicidal thoughts. One former NE LB admitted that he had suffered many more concussions than he ever reported to his respective teams for fear he would be held out of starting lineup. One can only imagine how often concussions go unreported at all both the amatuer and pro levels of the major sports each week during the season. I know the effects firsthand. I have suffered 6 concussions in my lifetime. Now in my 40's I often worry about whether my mental acuity and emotional standing will begin to diminish sooner than later. This is what Sid Crosby is mulling over right now. Marc Savard struggled to come back. Paul Kariya was able to come back and play for a little while, but he knew he was not the same and eventually retired. So love or hate Crosby for the way he plays on the ice or what uniform he wears, but respect his apprehension in deciding whether risking future concussions is worth returning to the game before he is ready. That is not a decision to be taken lightly.

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