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More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

Posted on: August 22, 2011 7:29 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2011 7:42 pm

By: Adam Gretz

Are you ready for some more reports on Sidney Crosby's status for the start of the regular season (and yet more denials of those reports)?

If so, you're in luck, because CTV out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, reported on Monday that Crosby has suffered another setback in his recovery, stopped his workouts, and may not be ready for the start of the regular season. As expected, Crosby's agent quickly denied the report.

If you've heard this song before, it's because it's been playing on a non-stop loop for the past six months (or more).

From CTV:
Sources say Crosby's concussion symptoms returned last week and he cancelled all of his scheduled on-ice workouts at a Halifax-area rink.

Penguins players are expected to appear at training camp in mid-September and it appears Crosby will not be one of them.
Think back to last week when a nearly identical report surfaced from Josh Rimer of SiriusXM Radio, only to have the Penguins quickly address it, with general manager Ray Shero saying, "Training camp is a month away, so there's no expectation for me that he won't be ready or will be ready. He's doing his usual routine. He'll probably be in a week before camp starts. We'll evaluate him then."

This time it's Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, doing the talking. Brisson said, via the Associated Press, that Crosby "hasn't been shut down by anyone and has instead adjusted his summer program to address the different needs for his recovery."

And 'round and 'round we go.

The fact this is still an issue at this point, with no clear idea of whether or not he will be ready for the season or how his recovery is really going, is a definite concern -- especially on the same day a former NHL player announced his retirement because doctors told him his concussion history made it unsafe for him to continue playing. But, as has been the case throughout this entire process, the only person that seems to have any definitive idea as to what's going on is Crosby himself, and he's not talking.

It's Aug. 22, and we don't know whether Crosby will be on the ice for the Penguins when training camp opens (let alone the regular season), and it's obvious that we won't know that for sure until he is or isn't on the ice when the Penguins open camp.

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Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:19 am

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

mar you are an make light of fact one of the top athletes on the planet may no longer have a career in his mid 20's.i hope he comes back as good as he was,and im a blackhawks fan.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:40 am

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

Gary Bettman's worst nightmare: No Cindy Crosby...oooops, I mean Sidney. Gary and Sid ahve been having a love affair with each other for years. Sid is Gary's soulmate. Sid is the NHL's Cover Boy. The league cannot survive without Sid. I mean, who could Gary promote as the NEW Cover Boy? Steven Stamkos? Nah, he plays in Tampa? Bettman does not know that where that is. Ovechkin? Nah, he is a Commie! Henrik or Daniel, uh, Gary can't tell them apart and they are foreign guys for somewhere that is not Canada.

No, Gary needs his Sid, so hurry back Cindy, uh, Sid cause the Capitals are waiting to ring you bell some more, you cheap shoting, slew footing, a**hole.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:49 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

Gee, Let's see. It's like 3 weeks before the season. There's no hockey news for 3 weeks. I have a crappy internet blog that nobody will read because Football and Baseball are going full bore right now. So what crap story can I write that maybe someone might read, oh yeah, lets just say that one of the best players in the game might not play 3 weeks before training camp. If he does i say he made a remarkable recovery, I credit Aroma Therapy. If he doesn't play, I guessed right and I look like Dr. Kildare. Please shut up idiot. Nobody knows anything right now moron!!

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:44 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

The person we need to blame for this is Gary Bettman. He put the instigator penalty into the game which made it impossible for teams to have enforcers to protect players such as Crosby.
Really, please look up the dates of Gary's start as commissioner and when the rule was in place.  
He put a team's in Phoenix, Atlanta, Florida, Tampa,Columbus because he wanted to expand the NHL.  The only team not on this list that draws less attendance is NY Islanders which tells you Bettman is a Idiot.
Florida's expansion was approved before Gary had the job, TB was already in the league  It's probably easier to argue how no commissioner was going to be able to stop expansion because of the easy money in owners pockets, and the expansion wasn't going north at the time.   Gary had just fleeced ESPN with a ridiculous tv contract, expansion was happening in U.S. markets or Gary would have been booted.
Just remember we have one person to thank... Gary Bettman
Because it's more fun to blame people for stuff they didn't do. 

Funny, the NHLPA can be the key piece of two work stoppages yet they can't get a rule adjusted that protects their own.   Too easy to blame Gary for the injury.    The gms, or NHLPA have never pushed for the change, and since Gary uses (or hides for foil-hatters) behind player saftey issues, I think it would have been fairly easy (compared to a strike) to get a rule change.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:18 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

BREAKING NEWS: Hurricane Irene has unexpectedly changed directions and is currently on path to hit BUCCS' mommy's house, which could force BUCC out of his mommy's basement.

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:00 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

Man, I am happy to read your response. Finally a discussion rather than bashing. I'll stick to my comments about Crosby having Messier's strength, at least in the lower body. Hockey Canada scout Blair Mackasey calls Crosby a "freak of nature" for his lower body strenght. He even cites it as the kid's best asset and the reason he's able to out battle nearly everyone in the league. Add that to the fact that all players are bigger and stronger than in Messier's hayday, and how wieghtlifting is a science now, and you have a guy that is likely comparable or stronger...

I'l take your point about Ovechkin, but the point I was trying to make is that despite reputation, Ovi plays a rather safe game. He takes shots from further away and battles less in the corners. His toughness rep comes from the hits he delivers, not from the way he plays along the boards. He is a cross between Scott Stevens and Brett Hull. A strange combination, but its true - blistering shots from the slot and punishing open ice hits. It is true he never misses a game though...

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:33 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

Go back to baking and knitting Cindy, leave the game to men.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:58 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

boo hoo.....poor sid...

its a contact sport thats 100% voluntary.. 

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:44 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

The funny thing is, you dont find PENS fans in NY, Philly or Caps lobbys posting anything about their sorry teams, but if its PITTSBURGH they fel a need to join in the celebration! BEST SPORTS TOWN PEROID!!!

Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 6:44 pm

More Sidney Crosby reports, denials

This is wonderful - now maybe we won't have to have him shoved down our throats by the NHL commercials

You watch commercials?  That says a lot.

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