Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/29/12 at 10:51 PM ET
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The guessing game is when Crosby sustained the previously undiagnosed neck injury, which, the Penguins noted in the statement, will be further “evaluated by independent specialists” in the coming days. The obvious choices are:
A: Jan. 1, 2011, in the ill-fated Winter Classic, when David Steckel, then with Washington, collided with Crosby—inadvertently apparently—in the second period.
B: Jan. 5, 2011, when Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman rammed Crosby into the end boards.
C: Dec. 5, 2011, in a game in which Bruins center David Krejci accidentally struck Crosby with an elbow in the head. The Pittsburgh center also collided with teammate Chris Kunitz during the match.
If the answer is anything but C, there could be problems that go beyond the quotidian issues of rehab for a man whose medical dossier became the only stat sheet on All-Star weekend that ultimately mattered.
Crosby might not have to have said anything directly to Brisson about his treatment by the Penguins. There surely are surrogates, people close to him, who could fill in the blanks if Crosby truly were reticent about sharing his thoughts with a man who has been his agent for almost a decade. People close to Crosby have mused that if the Penguins had noticed how out of sorts he looked after being dinged by Steckel, and if the team had not allowed him to play the final period or in the match against Tampa, a year-plus odyssey might have resulted in several weeks on the sideline instead of several months.
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