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Who Really Knows When Crosby Will Return

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

“I don’t think ‘frustrating’ even describes it,” Crosby told Pittsburgh reporters on Monday – and he has that right.

Frustrating isn’t the word for it, because after scoring 12 points in eight games since he returned from a concussion that knocked him out of the lineup for 61 games and nearly 11 months, the headaches are back. For that reason, you can dismiss Crosby’s suggestion that he’s “way better off than I was 10 months ago.”

The reason: he also admitted that while he has been doing light workouts, he will have to go through a similar progression – skating, practising and practising with contact before he is cleared to return to the lineup.

In other words: everything he had to do when he was at first diagnosed with a “mild” concussion last season.

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Red Winger's avatar

Not a good thing. It seems it is now within the realm of possibility to begin talk of the end of Crosby’s career.

If there is a bright side, it is that this is what will finally get the NHL to take concussions seriously.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 12/12/11 at 09:44 PM ET


Re: this article.
I don’t buy into crosby being the league. I’m not thinking about crosby being out when thw wings and the sharks are playing.
I understand he’s an excellent player, but one person is not the league. It want true when gretzky went to l.a. and it’s not true now either.
My wife is canadian. She talks about gretzky to l.a. growing the league. How did he help atlanta love hockey and become a hockey hot bed? Newsflash: it didn’t.
Crosby playing in pittsburgh is not going to keep a team in phoenix, especially the way it had ben that easy and west never played eachother. Maybe it was true in the east where everyone saw eachother several times a year, but it’s not true for the west.
If the league really wants crosby to make a difference, he needs to play in a nontraditional market for a team with some financial difficulty and isn’t very good. Not in a market which is already healthy and only playing against healthy market teams.

Posted by teldar on 12/13/11 at 12:02 AM ET


How did he help atlanta love hockey and become a hockey hot bed? Newsflash: it didn’t.

Really?  You’re going to use a franchise failing 20 years later as evidence that Greztky to LA didn’t help the league?

It was largely because Gretzky to LA shone the spotlight on the southern US that there is all of that hockey around there.  Without Gretzky do you think there are the Sharks, the Ducks or even the Kings still?  Do you think the NHL goes to Phoenix, Atlanta or Florida if not at least partly because of Gretzky?

But yeah, 20+ years later and Atlanta moves north because of shitty management and a consistently crappy team, therefore Gretzky going to LA did nothing for the league.

If the league really wants crosby to make a difference, he needs to play in a nontraditional market for a team with some financial difficulty and isn’t very good.

Um, you know that’s EXACTLY what happened, right?  He came to a team that had threatened several times to move because nobody cared about them anymore and they couldn’t make one red cent in Pittsburgh and he was a HUGE part of turning them around.

Not in a market which is already healthy and only playing against healthy market teams.

I assume you’re speaking of teams like the Devils and Islanders…the Lightning, Carolina and the Panthers, right?  All really healthy, popular teams, right?

Posted by Garth on 12/13/11 at 01:57 AM ET


My point is one player is not the league.
My thought on Crosby, as he’s been called The Next One, is what happened to Gretzky when the Oil had been a dynasty (Pens are as close as there will be in the new nhl with a cap and forced parity)? He was sent to a different franchise to help increase support for the game. I’m not saying he should be forcibly traded to the coyotes, I’m saying one person does not make out break a league. I disagree that in this day, one player is going to increase interest in the sport in nontraditional areas, particularly when he plays in a traditional market. I don’t know if Gretzky did this. A series of bad disney movies did a lot for hockey. As far as atlanta goes, there was a team there called the Flames. They failed. Their replacement failed. Teams fail through bad management. How did pittsburgh nearly fail? The Pens brag about the best attendance, jersey sales, best tv viewership… Yet before new management, which drafted crosby, they were talking about moving. Chicago as well. There was no talk of moving, but that was only because the owner didn’t care. Dude dies, his son takes over, new gm, BAM, Cup winners. I avoided saying crosby brought hockey back to pittsburgh, because it was a team which became good, not just one player. Chicago didn’t get Crosby, yet they had the same resurgence Pittsburgh did. They got good management which drafted good players. I think that makes a bigger difference. You point at Gretzky being the reason teams are in the sun belt. My only comment is, what teams are doing poorly? The ones (primarily in the sunbelt. But is that because they are in the sunbelt? Our is it because they aren’t very good. You may point at the california teams and ssy they are doing well financially in the sunbelt. I’m going to say it’s because they are well managed by people who want to win. Look at columbus. Northern city, owner who wanted to win, hired a steel manufacturing guy to run the team. No interest? Bad management? Bad management brings no interest and causes teams to fail.
My point is crosby is a great player, probably the best in the league. But he isn’t the league and the league won’t fold if he’s unable to keep playing due to concussions.
You can be all the offended you want, but I don’t believe there is one person who it’s going to make or break the league. At one time? Maybe. I’m just as apt to believe l.a. did well and people believed in hockey in the sunbelt because l.a.‘s management cared about winning and pursued it. I think they would have won and proved hockey could thrive in the sunbelt if they broke the bank and bought a cup, even without Gretzky. Now? Winning matters much more and due to parity and the cap any team can win, and winners thrive. Even if Crosby retires d/t concussions the Pens will be ok. Because they are a good team with good management. Not because of Crosby.
Sorry about lack of flow. Hard to edit on the phone.

Posted by teldar on 12/13/11 at 10:16 AM ET

WingMan's avatar

He is not the league, but the league and every team in it are better off when Crosby is playing not watching.  There is generally more interest in the sports world.

I am not a Pens fan, but I am a huge hockey fan and this is very sad news.  If he is not able to play again (or for very long) it will be too bad.  But, I won’t love the game any less…

Posted by WingMan from The Q C on 12/13/11 at 01:11 PM ET

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