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by Paul on 10/02/11 at 09:57 PM ET
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
It has been said that the N.H.L. season beginning on Thursday is about Sidney Crosby. But it is also about ideas, about vast changes in perception and philosophy across the league, both among the people who run the game and those who play it. And that, too, is largely about Sidney Crosby.
The 2011-12 season will be very different from any season played before, even if Crosby will not be on the ice for the start of it. It is a season that will be watched closely to see whether the N.H.L. will continue to enforce its new, rigorously applied rules against boarding and checks to the head, which resulted in nine suspensions in the preseason through Saturday.
“I’m not surprised, to be honest with you,” Crosby said of the new regulations. “That’s kind of where everything’s going.”
Crosby, the youngest team captain to raise the Stanley Cup, the scorer of the goal that won an Olympic gold medal and by common agreement the sport’s best player, had just darted and glided through an hourlong practice at Joe Louis Arena ahead of the Penguins’ preseason game Sunday, looking terrific.
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