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Now We Wait For Crosby News

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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Evilpens's avatar

No the Real problem is The Pens Long History of letting stars tell them what they want to do & who they want on their line PP Position.

Mario, Jagr & Now Sid & it hurt them a lot when they let Jagr get away with it & they did not learn their lesson so now they may have let Sid play because that is what they always do & in so doing might have very well ended his career

Posted by Evilpens on 01/30/12 at 12:33 AM ET

tuxedoTshirt's avatar

The Pens let him play to protect the winter classic.  The rain game.  It is all their fault.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt from the Home of the 1937 World Champions on 01/30/12 at 01:37 AM ET

Primis's avatar


Posted by Primis on 01/30/12 at 02:27 PM ET


My theory: The Pens and Sid (through his independent search for a “cure”) are both at fault for not finding this elusive fracture. Sid wants to get paid, of course, and at a very competivie salary, but he really just wants to play more than anything, and for Mario, who is really a second family to him. Brisson, on the other hand, wants to get paid, just like any other slick agent. It is all about the money to him, so he’s hellbent on making this a controvery when it’s not. Just my humble opinion.

Posted by VAHockeyFan on 01/30/12 at 04:57 PM ET


No the Real problem is The Pens Long History of letting stars tell them what they want to do & who they want on their line PP Position.

You forgot Letang as well. The kid gets rocked, but then must come back for the OT winner. too bad it cost him 20 games.

I wish Farber would interview Steckel so that he can either confront Steckel or cut the innuendo.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 01/30/12 at 06:50 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Well Letang incident happened in Montreal, So it was Montreal’s Dr. who cleared him to go back & Play

Posted by Evilpens on 01/30/12 at 10:11 PM ET

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