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Will Crosby Pull Out Of The All-Star Game?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Even though Sidney Crosby is a shoo-in to be chosen Tuesday as one of the captains who will pick the teams for the NHL all-star game, do not be surprised if he declines to participate, even if he recovers from his concussion.

The word filtering out of the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Crosby is an angry young man, angry enough to pull his considerable star presence from one of the league’s showcase events because he does not think the NHL is doing enough to protect its players. An NHL source said Crosby is not likely to tell the NHL he is withdrawing from the all-star game to protest the fact neither player who hit him on the head was suspended. However, he could easily decline and cite the need for complete recovery from a mild concussion.

The source said Crosby, who showed up at the all-star game in Montreal two years ago even though he sustained a knee injury and could not play, is not inclined to do any more such favours right now.


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Alzy's avatar

I really hope Rosby sticks to his guns and follows through with this sitout. First and foremost for his health, but maybe, just maybe if the face of the NHL makes a stand against Campbell and his wheel of justice, we’ll see something done about these unecessary headshots. They’re ruining careers, and something needs to be done about it.

Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 01/18/11 at 02:48 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

If he isn’t 100% he should stay home and recover. Even if he’s 100% but thinks the rest would benefit him, he should still stay home. No exhibition game is more important than games that count in the standings that the players get paid for.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/18/11 at 02:50 AM ET

John W.'s avatar

I can see him being angry about the Steckel hit, but let’s be honest, the Hedman hit likely wouldn’t have been an issue if he didn’t already have the 1st concussion.  It was no where near suspension worthy.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 01/18/11 at 03:03 AM ET

Riviera's avatar

If he does decide to sit while healthy, he better damn well be suspended for it. Nothing screams consistency like the NHL front office.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 01/18/11 at 03:14 AM ET

Baroque's avatar

Posted by John W. from one win at a time on 01/18/11 at 12:03 AM ET

He’s probably just angry and frustrated in general, and I don’t blame him. If he does pull out and lets the NHL know it’s because of their lax attitude toward players getting hit in the head, I hope the NHL actually listens this time and makes a commitment to look after the health of all their players.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/18/11 at 03:16 AM ET

UMFan's avatar

Well good for him. Hope he stays home if he’s not healthy..I don’t think he will follow through with the threat though. Crosby strikes me as a company man, not a rebel. Somebody will get to him and he’ll cave.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 01/18/11 at 03:20 AM ET


Probably safe to assume at this point that Crosby won’t be playing between now and the All-Star Game because of the concussion, and thus will sit out the A-S Game for legitimate reasons.

Hence this is probably his agent sending out signals—maybe with Crosby’s consent—because this certainly is one way to get Bettman’s attention.  Seems not much else will do it.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 01/18/11 at 05:58 AM ET

JMK's avatar

Just like the media, the ASG is such a joke and needs to be dropped from the NHL schedule of events.

Posted by JMK on 01/18/11 at 10:55 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

He’s got a right to be mad, just find it funny how so many people, Crosby included, don’t take headshots seriously till it results in them being hurt.

I guess that’s just how people are. We don’t care till it impacts us directly.

Posted by Nathan from wasting perfect passes from my teammates on 01/18/11 at 11:09 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

so would the league suspend him for not showing up?  hmmmmm….

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/18/11 at 11:28 AM ET

Chris from NOHS's avatar

Jesus, one hit was not a headshot, the other was accidental.  When will the media (and some fans) actually watch what happen before condemning the NHL?

Posted by Chris from NOHS from Denver CO on 01/18/11 at 12:03 PM ET


Chris, I agree that the Hedman hit was more of a result of a big man hitting a shorter one. Despite what they say, the Steckel hit didn’t look anymore accidental live as than it does on replay. On the ASG, if he plays a real game prior to it, he should participate. If he doesn’t, he should sit-out. It’s that easy.

Posted by penguinsfan on 01/18/11 at 12:54 PM ET


I wonder how all those who insist that the Canadian media and the league just kiss Crosby’s butt all day long will fit this article in with their worldview.

Crosby in all likelihood has the most legitimate reason in the world to skip the All-Star game.  Even the haters would probably have had to admit that.

But now, if/when he does skip the game,  he will be torched for it—thanks to this article which gives Crosby-haters confirmation of his whining and demands for special treatment.  Never mind that the confirmation is totally unsourced and according to his agent, quoted in a Pittsburgh paper this morning, untrue.  Even if Crosby denies it, he won’t be believed because of whispers like these from the Canadian media and the NHL—two groups who supposedly view Crosby as a saint who can do no wrong.

Posted by Lex Talionis on 01/18/11 at 01:04 PM ET

Evilpens's avatar


He was quoted on that topic in any number of media outlets, including the following comments, which were printed in the March 11 editions of the Post-Gazette. In them, he suggested that a previously scheduled meeting of the league’s general managers gave them an opportunity to address the subject that became headline fodder in the wake of Cooke’s hit on Savard, “Maybe it’s a good thing that the GM meetings were when they are,” Crosby said then. “There’s obviously some confusion as to what’s a good hit and what’s not a good hit. That’s got to be fixed pretty quickly. We’ve seen it time and time again, and we all debate whether it was a good or a bad hit.”

But don’t let your Ignorance stop you

Posted by Evilpens on 01/18/11 at 01:20 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Darren Dreger tweet,

Pat Brisson (Crosby’s agent) is putting out fires today telling me and other reporters the notion of Crosby skipping ASG has never been discussed.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/11 at 01:23 PM ET

Primis's avatar

  Pat Brisson (Crosby’s agent) is putting out fires today telling me and other reporters the notion of Crosby skipping ASG has never been discussed.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/11 at 10:23 AM ET

All that means is there hasn’t been any dialogue on it.  He may very well still stay away.  Gotta’ read into the agent-speak spin….

Posted by Primis on 01/18/11 at 01:35 PM ET


The Steckel hit was Intentional. You can even see him put his shoulder into it. It is human nature when you hit something accidentally, to give a quick glance back to see what you hit. Steckel does not…. (and dammit I hate agreeing with Don Cherry, but for the most part when discussing plays he is generally good). He did have time to get out of the way without losing a step… Crosby is hard enough to lay a good hit on, when there is an opportunity you go for it. To say it was accidental, I dont buy it… especially between those two teams.

Anything Crosby does or doesnt do is put into such a massive microscope it is insane. Funny how most of the stuff that is put into a microscope doesnt even come from him, but rather ‘sources’.

Whatever your feelings are on him, he handles himself professionally. On the ice he strives and works to get better and mature every year and off the ice he doesnt come across as a scumbag. Haters will hate however, so C’est la vie.

Posted by samsaidhey on 01/18/11 at 01:58 PM ET

Paul's avatar

David Shoalts, author of the article, just tweeted..

Clarification on the fuss around Crosby: It was my opinion that he was angry enough to consider skipping the all-star game.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/18/11 at 03:23 PM ET

Randy from Butler PA's avatar

How can the guy sit out as a protest when he is not even well enough to skate or practice. This notion he is mad at the league and will sit is BS. If and when is healthy he will practice and then play.

Posted by Randy from Butler PA on 01/18/11 at 03:41 PM ET

hockeychic's avatar

I’m no fan of Sid’s and I think this story has been blown out of proportion but if it were true, I’d be all for.  If it takes Sid sitting out of the ASG to finally get the league to pay attention to headshots, I’m all for it and I would back him 100%.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 01/18/11 at 03:52 PM ET


Clarification on the fuss around Crosby: It was my opinion that he was angry enough to consider skipping the all-star game.

Strange that he wrote that information came from a ‘source’ in the article itself.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/18/11 at 03:57 PM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

Crosby in all likelihood has the most legitimate reason in the world to skip the All-Star game.  Even the haters would probably have had to admit that.

skip the GAME, yes.  skip the EVENT, no.  not according to league standards applied to other players in recent years.  grasp the difference?

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 01/18/11 at 04:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Okay, if there is one thing I would show support with The Anointed One, it’s the high-profile he is using in bringing head shots to the fore.  Keep at it till the League and the players union gets it right.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 01/18/11 at 06:43 PM ET

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