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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: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:16 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

It will be for hockey overall, if he doesn't comeback. Hockey will continue with or without him thou. It will mean we will just have to find another face for hockey. Hockey has been doing it for quite a while now. Ever since Gretzky left. The face has been changing quite often. Maybe, I know it won't happen for a while. But maybe, could we choose a "non-Canadian" player to be the face?

Most don't hate Crosby, they use the word hate, but they don't hate. It's more that people don't like the media shoving him down our throats. Going to commercial, coming back from commercial, as well as the in game camera. Plus, it's hard to really hate someone you really don't know. You may not like them and root against him, but don't think that this means we "hate" him. Maybe some do and that will never change, some "love" him and that will never change. Each person can choose who he likes and roots for or so I thought. Just because I don't root for him, doesn't mean I "hate" him.

Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:15 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

I've heard unsubstanitated rumors that his parents don't want him to continue to play.  He got a double tap in the Classic and soon after playing Washington.  If there was a clear path to recovery, we'd hear about it.  I hope things change, but I don't expect him back. 

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:10 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

I can't help but think the same some point do you just say to yourself that, "this is as good as it's going to get, can I play or not?"  Lots of players deal with headaches, and his brain has had the time to heal that it needed, I can't imagine that there is more danger for him to go back out now than there would be another month or two from now at this point.

Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:05 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

That Faggot remark might offend fags. You flyer fans still have no class. Its been 40 years since the broadstreet fags graced the ice. i see nothing has changed. All i could say is I am glad the Kings traded for captian party. He will help the Kings get to the next level. You dont have to remind me that the Kings have not won shit. Thats the true test of loyalty. Stick with your team.

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 6:00 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

You sir, are a retard. 

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:50 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

ohhhh well such is life......As a Flyer fan my yrs with #88 were cut short and so I could care less what happens to him....Let his fans suffer and think what coulda been as I get to do....Only difference is that for Big E it was mgmt and his teammates fault that his career was cut down.....I dont expect many people to agree w/me including fellow Flyer fans but I dont care, its my opinion and Im speaking it......Maybe if he didnt play like such a faggot I wouldnt hate him as much, but this turd has too much talent to play like he does.....

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:38 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Sid the kid is not going to be rushed to get back,  he is too young and too vital to the Pens future.  His owner and friend has seen and experienced the effects of concussions and what happens when you come back too quickly. Crosby has a lot of hockey in front of him with a young team building around him that almost got to the finals without him and Malkin, they"ll be alright while he gets 100 percent and then they"ll be great. 

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:16 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

He's done. See: Marc Savard

It's a shame too. Talented guy.

Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2011 5:03 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

Trying to comeback for the playoffs last year could be coming back to bite him.  He needs to stop training until the headaches cease, or if they only occur after working out, then ease up on the training.  I hope he just gets healthy, worry about returning to the NHL later.  He's young, missing this year to get healthy, would be bad for hockey and the Penguins but vital to a comeback next year.  LETS GO PENS!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: August 14, 2011 4:37 pm

Reports conflict on Sidney Crosby's camp status

His injury reminds me of what happened to Lindros.  Lindros was never the same after that first concussion and became much more suseptable to them during the remainder of his career.  Maybe Crosby knows that and doesn't particular want to endure four, five, six, etc more concussions over the course of his career.  I think Sid might be thinking about quality of life at this point, I don't blame him if he's seriously thinking about hanging up his skates.  Even as a Flyers fan I think this whole situation is a shame, I definitely take no pleasure in what happened to Sid.

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