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by George Malik on 12/18/11 at 03:50 AM ET
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Josh Yohe spoke to Penguins GM Ray Shero about Sidney Crosby’s long-term future in Pittsburgh, and Shero suggested that even though Crosby’s now on the IR the Penguins fully expect Crosby to return, continue playing, and eventually sign another contract extension:
“The only thing on my mind is signing Sidney Crosby,” Shero said. “We want him to be a Penguin for life. That’s the goal. Nothing has changed.”
Crosby’s health has changed, of course. He remains out of the lineup with headaches, possibly indicating the concussion he sustained in January remains on some level, though an ImPACT test after the Dec. 5 game against the Boston Bruins did not indicate another concussion. He has played just eight games since Jan. 5.
Shero, however, expects Crosby to fully recover from his concussion issues.
“I’m under the assumption that he’s going to play in the NHL for another 10 or 15 years,” Shero said of Crosby, who turned 24 in August. “We all know he’s the best player in the league when he’s healthy. My mindset on Sidney Crosby is not changing. We want to sign him.”
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