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Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

Posted on: November 21, 2011 11:34 am
Edited on: November 21, 2011 11:43 am
 
By: Adam Gretz

When Sidney Crosby was at the top of his game in recent seasons it wasn't uncommon to see the Penguins send him out on the ice for well over 21, 22 or even 23 minutes per game. Seeing as how he hasn't played in a game since Feb. 5 of last season, and is coming back from a rather significant concussion, he's probably not going to be counted on for that sort of workload on Monday when he returns to the ice against the New York Islanders.

Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was asked on Sunday evening whether or not Crosby's ice-time would be limited in his first game back, and as expected, it will definitely be monitored.

"In talking with players that are returning there's always a period of getting back to where your game is at," said Bylsma. "I think Sidney's adrenaline is going to be going so high tomorrow, I think he's going to be tired out a little bit quicker than he normally would. He thinks maybe he's only going to be able to play 12 minutes, and I laugh because when Sidney Crosby gets to 12 minutes, he's certainly going to want the 13th minute. I'm not sure what that number might be, but we're certainly not rushing back to 20 minutes like we did before."

Bylsma also added that depending on what happens during the game, such as the number of minutes the Penguins spend on the power play, there are situations that could result in his playing time being a bit higher than expected. He also added on Monday following the Penguins' morning skate that there isn't a predetermined number of minutes, and that the game will dictate the number of minutes he plays.
More on Crosby's Return


Crosby's return is, obviously, being greeted with a great deal of enthusiasm in Pittsburgh and around the NHL, and expectations are already through the roof. There's even been some discussion as to whether or not he can still compete for the NHL's scoring title this season despite being nearly 20 games behind the rest of the league. Just to put a number on that, if we assume that the NHL scoring lead will fall somewhere in the area of 105 points, he would need to average nearly 1.69 points per game. He was averaging 1.61 last season, which was the highest mark of his career, before being sidelined.

Expecting that level of play right off the start is expecting too much.

He hasn't played in nearly a full calendar year and is coming off a significant injury. And for as talented as he is, you have to think there's going to be an adjustment period. Try and forget about scoring titles and point totals for right now and just try to take it one game at a time in the beginning.

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Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:58 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

You lose the bet. Get down the pharmacy soon before they run out of Valtex. You and those other Crosby jock sniffers are going catch a dose from all Cindy meat baton sucking going on tonite.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

You and the clown announcers on Vesus will need a prescription for Valtrex after the Cindy meat baton sucking you did tonite. The guy has great talent, no doubt, but you are either blind or ingorant to think he does not, has not, will not get special treatment. just like Mario!



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:05 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

Glad to see the kid back! Story book would be to see him score multiple goals. The hopes are no one takes a cheap shot at his head, or, lets up on him. He's there to play the game! Go Pens!  



Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

I heard the NHL was considering allowing him to wear a red jersey like NFL quarterbacks do in practice so that everyone knows who they are NOT ALLOWED to hit.  

Slap a Diver Down sticker on the back of this candy asses helmet.

That being said, brain injuries are no laughing matter.  I wish him no further injury. Just play like a man, and if you can't, retire.  The special treatment this guy is going to get makes me sick with anticipation.

I hope Capuano puts Trevor Gillies in the lineup to keep things honest

I'm 46, did play and would bet my life you never strapped on skates other than those pretty little things with the brake on the toes. You really want to talk smack like that with no physical talent to back it up? It really is amazing the ones who trash talk the most, generally have the least talent.



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 4:05 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

Trevor Gillies was cut weeks ago because he is a horrible hockey player whos only "skill" is being a goon.  

I would also be concerned should Crosby receive any special treatment, but I'm not going to speculate and start complaining without cause.  Either way, I'm sure every call made in his favor will be waaay over analyzed and blown completely out of proportion by his critics.  That is one thing I'm not looking for.  



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 3:16 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

I heard the NHL was considering allowing him to wear a red jersey like NFL quarterbacks do in practice so that everyone knows who they are NOT ALLOWED to hit.  

Slap a Diver Down sticker on the back of this candy asses helmet.

That being said, brain injuries are no laughing matter.  I wish him no further injury. Just play like a man, and if you can't, retire.  The special treatment this guy is going to get makes me sick with anticipation.

I hope Capuano puts Trevor Gillies in the lineup to keep things honest! 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

Glad to see the kid is back and I hope he's truly good to go!

Keep your head up Sid!



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:49 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

I would classify myself as a Crosby "hater" for a variety of on-ice and off-ice considerations, BUT... Having seen firsthand the devastating consequences of brain injuries, I honestly hope he is O.K. It seems that his doctors have taken every precaution, but with his history, one unlucky hit or fall could be tragic. Best-case, he has made a full recovery and we can return to the more mundane love him/hate him debate. Good luck and Godspeed, Crosby!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

Amen brother - GO PENS!



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: November 21, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Crosby's ice time could be limited on Monday

If he only plays 10 minutes, they'll be the most exciting 10 minutes of the game.

I don't care they just send him out there to run the second power play unit.  I'm just glad to have him back.    


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