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Simmons: Jonathan Toews is the NHL’s franchise-building player

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons returned to North America from Sochi, Russia in a contemplative mood, and he's focusing on one particular topic in a Saturday night/Sunday morning column--suggesting that Jonathan Toews has succeeded Sidney Crosby as hockey's most valuable all-round player:

One player to choose to start a franchise? You can have Sidney Crosby.

I’m taking Jonathan Toews.

I’m taking the 25-year-old who already has two Stanley Cup rings and two Olympic gold medals, a player who intrinsically seems to comprehend what it takes to win and with a willingness to do whatever it means to get there.

For the second Olympic Games in succession, Toews was Canada’s best forward: His line with Jeff Carter and Patrick Marleau, was Team Canada’s strongest line throughout the Olympic hockey tournament.

He’s not fancy like his teammate, Patrick Kane, or as offensively gifted or driven as Crosby, or with a rocket shot like Steven Stamkos, or even with Phil Kessel’s speed: He is just complete. As absolute and certain as there is in today’s world of hockey.

Simmons continues, addressing numerous topics...

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Afternoon Line

If Alex Ovechkin had as much star support as Sidney Crosby the Big 8 would leave The Kid in the dust.

-Stan Fischler of the Fischler Report where you can read more short topics...

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Sidney Crosby Named Team Canada Captain

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Simmons: Crosby might carry Canada’s flag in Sochi

The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons weighs in on Nazem Kadri's possible trade value for the Maple Leafs, and Simmons also reveals that a certain Pittsburgh Penguins general manager wants to make Sidney Crosby available to the Canadian Olympic Committee should they want to counter Zdeno Chara's status as Slovakia's flag-bearer in his Sunday column, and, well...

Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Toronto Sun by email Saturday that he agreed with the Boston Bruins move to allow captain Zdeno Chara to miss a National Hockey League game so the captain could carry the Slovakian flag in the opening ceremony on Feb. 7.

But what about his captain?

“Hard to turn down that opportunity,” Shero wrote. “Agreed with Boston on letting (Chara) go.”

Crosby would be an ideal choice to carry the flag, which will likely be decided among bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, hockey’s Hayley Wickenheiser, skier Erik Guay and speed skaters, Christine Nesbitt and Charles Hamelin. That didn’t seem in any way possible until the Chara move was agreed to by the Bruins.

Now that the way has been cleared it is up to the COC to make the call: The flag bearer will be announced Thursday. Is there time to make it Crosby? And does he want to do it?

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Video- Sidney Crosby On HNIC After Hours

Sidney Crosby answered questions from hosts Scott Oake and Craig Simpson plus responded to questions from fans.

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Video- Crosby Gets The Rock Star Treatment

The Penguins held a Kids Open Practice today and Crosby decided to visit with a few of his closest, screaming kids...

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Afternoon Line

Sidney Crosby when asked this question...

Is it necessary for a player to start a fight after a teammate is hit legally?

"That’s been around for years. I don’t see a problem with that. I don’t see a problem with Thornton going over to [Orpik] and asking him to fight. That’s the response. But to do what he did was totally unnecessary. It’s terrible. I’m sure he knows that more than everybody. He’s made a living at protecting his teammate and sticking up for them. But to confront [Orpik] and ask him to fight, I think every team wants a player like that. There’s nothing wrong with that. But to do what he did to him is not acceptable. He could have done the exact same thing and gotten a two-minute minor for five shifts in a row. There’s nothing wrong with it. … there’s nothing with [Orpik] saying no either. He’s got to play 25 minutes a night against top guys."

more from Crosby at Empty Netters...

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Video- #87 vs. #8

There are 4 NHL games tonight including the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the Washington Capitals at 8:00pm ET on NBCSN and TSN2.

The battle between Crosby and Ovechkin continues tonight...

 

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Will Sidney Crosby Continue His Scoring Pace?

via ESPN SportsNation Poll (click for view state-by-state voting),

Sidney Crosby is averaging more than two points per game, which hasn't been done over a full season since Mario Lemieux in 1995-96. Will he keep up his average until the end of the season?

 

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Drop The Kid From Sid

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The nickname no longer seems appropriate: Sid is not a Kid anymore.

He may look like a kid with those large eyes and that wide, familiar smile. He may be only 26 years old, young to some of us, but not necessarily by sporting standards.

But here’s the startling number when it comes to Sidney Crosby, who sometimes, just not often enough, has been the best player in all of hockey: This is Year 9 of his National Hockey League career. And somehow that seems in need of recount.

For all kinds of reasons, this still seems like the formative stages of his career. He still feels like a resource untapped. Like the best has yet to come for Crosby.

And maybe it will. Maybe this year as the NHL returns to a full 82-game season. Maybe this is the year of Sid The Adult.

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Sidney Crosby’s no longer an Olympic ‘kid’

The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek spoke with Sidney Crosby at the conclusion of Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp in Calgary. While Crosby is no longer a "kid," the gentleman who scored Canada's "golden goal" in 2010 suggested that he's approaching the 2014 Olympics from a very different perspective:

“If I look back to last time, I was probably more in awe and trying to learn from those guys,” Crosby said after the 72-hour orientation camp came to a close with a farewell dinner that also included the women’s Olympic hockey team. “I don’t think [taking on a leadership role] is a conscious decision you make, it’s just a natural progression. You played on the team before; you understand things a little better. It’s a comfort level. It’s a totally different mindset … going into your first Olympic camp and your second.”

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Crosby Receives Celebrity Treatment At Pennsylvania DMV Office

from Amy McConnell Schaarsmith of the Pittsburgh Posg-Gazette,

You know the Department of Motor Vehicles drill. You took a half day off work to renew your driver's license during business hours. Inside the DMV office, dozens of fellow would-be motorists with glazed expressions sprawl in rows of hard plastic chairs, their bored and cranky children squalling the misery felt by all. And there's no telling how long you will wait.

Unless you are Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, or a "celebrity" of equal fame and disruption potential, that is.

In that case, as Mr. Crosby demonstrated to amazed patrons of the Duncan Manor DMV office in McCandless Friday morning, you get to skip to the front of the line, taking care of business in minutes while mere mortals -- including fans -- wait as they must.

Some of those fans said Friday they don't mind their hero enjoying the state's policy of preferential treatment for celebrities, which is meant to keep disruption to a minimum. But others said the double standard sends the wrong message that a famous person is more important than the average human.

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Gretzky Or Crosby

from Paul Grant of ESPN,

With all these comparisons flying around, this week we're going to cut through the crud and make a call. Given two players, one active and one retired, in their primes, who would be better? And the best part of it is that you, the user, get the final word. 

For our second installment, how about: The two best players of their generation, if not the two best players in the history of the game in Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. This is such a timeless comparison, we're going to do it again, only more lo-fi..

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Thank You Sidney

from Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The NHL is seven months removed from a lockout that could have crippled its popularity.

No such result occurred, and now league officials believe their product can achieve unprecedented appeal.

The Penguins' Sidney Crosby is among the biggest reasons.

NHL executive vice president of marketing Brian Jennings was in Pittsburgh last week for the league's annual NHL Exchange, a merger of merchandise ideas and retailers. Jennings, though, wasn't spending time thinking about T-shirt designs or promotional giveaways.

He had the game's brightest star in mind.

“Sidney Crosby is a big part of what has made us so successful in recent years,” he said.

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One Step Forward And Probably A Few Steps Back For Crosby

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The Penguins had gone up, up, up in the Crosby era – missing the playoffs, losing in the first round, making the Cup final, winning the Cup – until that loss to the Canadiens. It has been a roller coaster since – a first-round loss with no Crosby or Malkin, a first-round loss with Crosby and Malkin, and now this. The Eastern Conference final is a step forward, but not far enough.

Crosby has risen to a new level, battled concussion problems, come back as great as before and suffered a broken jaw. He missed a month and put up seven goals and 15 points in 10 playoff games, and suddenly he's struggling.

He is still only 25. He is still the face of the NHL and should still have much to look forward to. Yet if anyone should know not to take anything for granted, it should be him, and if the Penguins lose this series, one more precious chance will be gone. Crosby will have been humbled, not just by his own mistakes, like his brutal giveaway that led to a goal early in Game 2, not just by the Bruins, who have smothered him, but by the game itself.

Crosby lost his helmet in double overtime of Game 3. He kept chugging with that head and jaw exposed, trying to create something, trying to do what the best player in the world is supposed to do. But not long afterward, the puck ended up in the Pittsburgh net instead. Just when he thought he appreciated how tough it was to get to the Cup final, it got even tougher.

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Will Crosby Find His Game?

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

All eyes will certainly be on Sidney Crosby. Now that LeBron James has rescued the Heat in a Game 7, Crosby is the sports star with the most to prove in the spring of 2013. His reputation has taken a massive hit in the first two games of this series and he risks morphing into a Wilt Chamberlain/A-Rod pinata if he continues to pout and put up zeroes.

The sub-headline in Sports Illustrated’s May 13 cover story on Crosby reads, “You can’t keep Sidney Crosby down. You can only marvel at how hockey’s best player keeps coming back even better than when he left.’’

Well, the Bruins certainly have kept him down for two games. And the only thing to “marvel” about is the new notion that Crosby is a baby and a no-show on the big stage. He’s supposed to be the face of the NHL and the successor to Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux, but thus far in this series, he’s not nearly as good as Torey Krug. And let’s not embarrass him with the numbers about his faceoff failures against Patrice Bergeron.

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The “Hardened” Penguins Lead By Crosby

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One NHL coach told ESPN.com this week that he felt that the Penguins, and Crosby in particular, had been "hardened" by recent playoff losses and that their play this spring has reflected that.

"Sid has been really gritty, good to see," the coach said. "He is a great player, but he used to cheat to score. Now he doesn't.

"He stops on pucks, plays better defensively. Losing the last three years has hardened that team."

Crosby doesn't disagree that the Penguins' disappointments since 2009 have altered the team in some fundamental way.

"Hopefully we learned from it," he said. "Yeah, I think that's fair to say. I think when you have those expectations and there's certain things that happen, you have to be able to learn from them and you can't accept that that's OK and you can't say, 'Oh, that was just a weird series last year against Philadelphia.'

"You have to find out why and what needs to be better, and I think we were all pretty honest with how we evaluated that and what we needed to improve. The bottom line is that you've got to give yourself a chance to win. I don't think we did that in those previous series. Even if you give yourself a chance, there's no guarantees, [but] you've got to at least do that."

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Crosby Plays On

from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

The pillowy lips part to reveal a mouthful of ruin, a graveyard of tombstone teeth and mutilated gums.

There’s a gap between the lower bicuspids, a V-shaped hollow through which sibilant sounds emerge, a whistle of consonants and vowels.

Sidney Crosby is lisping.

“Thith is going to be the toughetht tetht yet.’’

Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal against the Senators-at-home, he meant: Toughest. Test. Yet.

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Video- Sidney Lemieux

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Crosby Will Play Tonight

from Sam Kasan of the Penguins website,

Crosby, who missed Game 1 Wednesday and the last 12 games of the regular season with a broken jaw, met with his doctor Thursday after practice and was cleared to return to game action.

“I’m cleared to play tonight,” Crosby said. “I’m excited to get back in there and play in the playoffs.

“(The doctor) was around and I wasn’t sure if he would give me the OK or even consider it. I’m happy that he did and happy to be back.”

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Afternoon Line

“(Returning) is not really up to me.  I’ll just keep talking with the doctors. It’s something they have to feel comfortable with the healing. As soon as they say the word, I’ll be ready to go.”

-Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins after practicing today.  More from Sam Kasan of the Pens website.

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Video- Shot Hits Sidney Crosby In The Face

Penguins announce he will not return to the game.

 

added 2:34pm,

 

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Sidney Crosby Having A Gretzky Type Year

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Forget the shortened season, what Sidney Crosby is managing this hockey year is stunningly comparable to anything anyone has accomplished in hockey history.

You can add it up.

Crosby is scoring at 1.62 points per game, a number that would give him 133 points were this a full season of play. And while that doesn’t seem anywhere near Wayne Gretzky’s record total of 215 points in a season or Mario Lemieux’s best number at 199 points, it does when you take into account the difference in the game Crosby is playing.

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Video- Can You Have Highlight Passes?

If the answer is yes, check out Sidney Crosby's pass to Pascal Dupuis tonight.

 

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Afternoon Line

“With Matt’s history, he probably gets a tough call on that one. I think that’s unnecessary.I think we all saw the play and know what happened and know that it was an accident. If you ask anyone that understands the game at all, they’ll tell you that it’s pretty hard to try to intentionally do what he did. Unfortunately, his past creeps in and people probably give him a hard time. He’s really tried to clean up the way he plays and I think he’s done a pretty good job with that. His past gives him a tough guy, but he’s made a strong effort of making sure that he’s better.”

-Sidney Crosby on Matt Cooke and the Erik Karlsson injury.  Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun has more quotes from the Penguins side, including Cooke himself.

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Crosby Back To Normal

from Chris Johnston now of Sportsnet,

What stands out most during a few days around the Penguins in the early stages of the 48-game season is how significantly Crosby's narrative has changed. No longer is he asked endlessly about the well-documented concussion and neck injuries that cost him most of the last two seasons.

Even the frustration stemming from a lockout took another 34 games off the prime of his career has quickly faded into the background.

"I just think he's back to being the normal Sidney Crosby," said Penguins GM Ray Shero. "He's thinking about everything else except his health. He's thinking about the team, he's thinking about how he can be better, how he's training, how we can improve this or that. Now it's back to normal, which has been awhile.

"That is really something that we haven't had for a long time."

The optimism doesn't come solely from seeing Crosby back on the ice. Instead it's rooted in how good he's felt for the better part of 10 months. His official comeback (version 2.0) came in March with a 20-game stretch to complete the regular season and playoffs, and was followed by an intense summer of workouts and long fall of waiting out the lockout.

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Sidney Crosby On The Lockout

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

On the flavor of the talks: It's pretty one-sided. I don't really know what (the owners) have given up to this point. They're trying to take away all the contracting rights. The question I'd ask is why would we change that? I think we all think it's the most competitive league in the world so why would you go and change that -- the way contracts go and the way teams can operate? If it's not broke, don't fix it. I understand their point. At the end of the day it's dollars, but at the end of the day you want to get a deal done. I don't think they're going to get a deal done if they're trying to take away guys' contracting rights.

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Afternoon Line

from the CBA negotiations in Toronto,

 

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Video- The Life Of Sidney Crosby

Learn more about the life and career of Sidney Crosby, from his time as a QMJHL star, to his successes as a Pittsburgh Penguin.

Watch the video below…

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What Are You Doing Sidney?

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

Hey, Sid, how ya doing? It’s Don, Don Fehr. Yeah, yeah, the executive director of the NHLPA, that Don….

Are you out of your mind? Do you pay your agent for this stuff? I mean, I’ve heard the expression puckhead before, but never realized it was a literal thing.

You signed for $8.7 million Sid. That’s the same as your last contract, the one you signed four years ago. What is the matter with you? Didn’t anyone mention to you that league revenues have grown by $1.1 billion since then?

In case you missed the memo, I’m heading to the belly of the beast on Friday, aka: Gary Bettman’s office, to fight about exactly how much of the league’s $3.3 billion in revenue should belong to the guys who wear skates and risk getting their heads torn off every night.

I’m not sure if you are up to speed on this or not, but just in case: the owners—that would be your former landlord Mario and the rest of them—they want to give you guys less money.

We’re not exactly sure how much less at this point, but let’s assume it’s about 15 per cent less than you guys are getting now.

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Expect Crosby Extension On Sunday

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Expect the Penguins to announce Sidney Crosby’s contract extension on Sunday. Over $100 million dollars with an AAV of close to $9 mil per.

added 12:21pm, via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports just told me the deal will be $104.4 million over 12 years

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Dreaming Of Crosby In Montreal

from Renaud Lavoie of RDS (translated),

Crosby has always admitted that he enjoyed working with Michel Therrien, the evidence is that he contacted him to congratulate him on his appointment in Montreal and if Sidney Crosby had to switch sides, he would arrive in familiar territory to Montreal.

Obviously we can afford to dream. The reality is that Sidney Crosby has another year of contract and it is clear that the Penguins will do everything to keep him and rightly so.

Still, Montreal is secure and you never know what the future holds.

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Is It Crosby Time?

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Five games and counting of don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-something-big entertainment and the stage is set.

Three wins by the Philadelphia Flyers followed by two desperation answers from the Penguins and it’s time to raise the lights.

Yes, if the Penguins are to continue the dramatic comeback that is two-thirds complete, are we getting to the point where it’s time for the Sid Show?

As much as Sidney Crosby can never truly be off the radar, so much has been happening in this Eastern Conference quarter-final that the Penguins captain has divvied up the lead role with multiple other angles.

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Video- Biggest Hit Of The Night, Malkin On Crosby

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When Should The Words Stop?

This video has been out for some time, but I am posting it below just to get your opinion.

The video is the Crosby scrum from Sunday but my attention is drawn to the words of former NHL defenseman Chris Therien, color commentator on Philadelphia Flyers radio broadcasts on Sports Radio 94 WIP.

“Punch him in the face as hard as you can” and “Crosby is an absolute joke” are a few of the phrases Therien used to describe what was going on.

Did Therien cross the line or are you ok with what he said.

Watch the video below…

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Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight

Ron MacLean and Don Cherry discuss Sidney Crosby and the rough play during the playoffs.

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Afternoon Line

The N.H.L. needs a healthy Crosby on the ice, scoring goals—not in the penalty box, or unable to play—if it is to thrive. It needs him to be one of the faces of the league. Instead, he is a symbol of all that plagues it.

-Michael Guerriero of The New Yorker where you can read more.

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Holding Back On Crosby

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Tell you a quick story. Just before Crosby suffered his first concussion in January 2011, I was scheduled to do an interview with him. As part of the preparation, I asked a few Flyers for their opinions. They were complimentary—even Mike Richards, who hated him the most. They said he’d really decreased his complaining on the ice and just played hard.

That’s why it was so stunning to watch him in Game 3. Undoubtedly, the Flyers were telling each other, “We’ve got him. He’s totally unglued.” Swatting the glove away from Jakub Voracek was so…high school.

If I was a Flyer, I’d have wanted to rip into anything in a white jersey after James Neal’s hit on Sean Couturier. It was dirty and made Aaron Rome/Nathan Horton look like a tickle fight. Crosby was on the ice and getting involved.

This is not about protecting Sidney Crosby or the Pittsburgh Penguins or having any issue with what was going on or cheering for a particular team or anything that myopic people accuse us of.

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The Bettman/Crosby Relationship

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This probably is just the echo of the Child of the ’60s conspiracy-theorist rattling inside my brain, but is it wrong to wonder whether Gary Bettman’s campaign on behalf of Sidney Crosby amplified by a tribute to his “greatness” on Monday is part of an effort to co-opt No. 87 when the collective bargaining talks commence in earnest following the playoffs?

Understand: Crosby is a great player who competes every second of every shift and whose conduct off the ice is an enduring advertisement for the NHL and endorsement of the way he was raised by his family.

But the Favored Son status granted to Crosby by Sixth Avenue does the star no favors among the larger constituency.

When has any commissioner ever before leaped to an unsolicited defense of a player by defining implied criticism of a specific athlete from an opposing coach to be, “gamesmanship,” “noise” and “a potshot” the way Bettman did at the beginning of the week regarding Rangers coach John Tortorella’s April 15 postgame rant in Pittsburgh?

Is it wrong to wonder if there’s more to this than meets the ear?

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All Eyes On Crosby

from Chris Stevenson of Sun Media,

They are billing it as the “Commonwealth Cold War” here in the state of Pennsylvania.

It will be, we hope, anything but cold.

“We don’t like each other,” said Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby about the Philadelphia Flyers, “so that’s the way it is. You can dissect all you want, but, really, when it comes down to it, we just don’t like each other.”

Crosby and the Penguins looked loose during their hour-long practice Tuesday in preparation for the opening game of their series with the Flyers here Wednesday. Coach Dan Bylsma spent a lot of time working on special teams, which are sure to have an influence on a series in which discipline is going to be the watchword.

But for all the genuine dislike between the cross-state rivals, the subplots like Flyers forward Jaromir Jagr coming back after spurning Pittsburgh—where he won two Stanley Cups—last summer as a free agent and the wonderfully unpredictable nature of the Flyers’ goaltending—that never gets old, does it?—Crosby remains the most compelling personality in this highly anticipated series.

At the heart of the hate is Crosby.

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Crosby And Bylsma On Tortorella’s Comments

from Brittany Goncar and Sam Kasan of the Penguins website,

Sidney Crosby spoke with the media following Friday’s practice…

On if he heard John Tortorella’s comments:
No, I vaguely heard what he said. I figured he was just blowing up. I’m sure he’ll apologize today about it and everything will be forgotten.

On himself and Evgeni Malkin being called a whiner:
I don’t know what he’s talking about. I mean, if you want you can put a camera on us all game, put a camera on (Ryan Callahan) all game. You’ll see who’s over there more. He should worry about his own players.

On if it’s a gamesmanship:
Yeah, a lot of it. I don’t know when this all started, if this is part of the new tactics in the playoffs, but it’s garbage. The games played on the ice. You get all this stuff going on. It really is garbage. It’s nonsense and if they want to do it great, but I’m not going to waste my time answering questions about it all the time. It’s getting pretty old.

Dan Bylsma also talked after practice…

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Evening Line

“Little goody two shoes [Crosby] goes into the corner and gives a shot to Schenn. Schenn was late to the party, he should have turned around and drilled him right away, but I guess better late than never.  So you know, Crosby gets cross-checked, big whoop. He said after he came back from his 35th concussion, ‘I’m not going to do this anymore, I’m not going to get into this scrums, I’m going to stay away from that stuff.’ He couldn’t help himself because there’s a little punk in Crosby. He’s not the perfect gentleman. He’s not the sweet kid you see in interviews with his hat pulled down over his eyes. I’d say screw him, hit him.”

-Mike Milbury on 94WHIP radio this morning.  More at Philadelphia CBS…

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Crosby Simply A Special Player

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If this Crosby kid ever gets his timing down, look out.

Are you watching this?

Are you watching this?

I ask twice because it’s easy to take Sidney Crosby’s magnificence for granted. He returns after missing several months, and it’s like, “Of course he’s lapping the field in points per game. That’s what he does.”

Nobody does this.

Check that. Mario Lemieux did this, and then some. He made the most remarkable comeback in sports history. Returned from 3.5 years of retirement, at age 35, and immediately became the most prolific point producer in the NHL.

You won’t see that again.

But if you blink — or spend even a nanosecond worrying about Crosby’s career-long 11-game goal drought — you might miss something special.

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Crosby Can Make The Game Great Again

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

The NHL’s star machine, in fact, is broken. You know about Crosby’s concussion history. Ovechkin, who has fewer goals this season than Scott Hartnell, is a fraction of his former self. Many of the graduates from ’03 — Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, Eric Staal, Ryan Kesler — have plateaued after showing such early promise. Doughty has regressed. So have others.

As a result, the game has become flat and monochromatic. The business of sports is about many things but, first and foremost, it’s about entertainment and that requires stars. Crosby was not only the game’s best all-around player, he was also its face and a figure who reached beyond hockey’s regional limitations. Sid sold in the States. He sold to the networks. He attracted non-traditional fans.

At the risk of stating the obvious, the game missed that the way a three-year-old misses his mother.

Can Crosby be that guy again? The NHL had better hope so. The Penguins need Crosby’s production but the league needs his presence. It needs an offensive star. It needs someone who excites the fans. It needs someone who can take the game forward.

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Return Won’t Be Easy For Crosby

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

Crosby is coming back to a schedule full of teeth; the only team Pittsburgh will play that is not currently fighting for a playoff position is the Islanders; as for the rest, the Penguins see Philadelphia three times, New Jersey and the Rangers twice, and Boston, Nashville, Ottawa, Buffalo, and Winnipeg.

In other words, he will be playing against teams playing desperate hockey, against players whose futures could be changed by a playoff spot, or playoff position. If all goes well he will be playing in the accelerated ferocity of the playoffs, on a team with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations, and he will have to re-establish a connection with a team that is used to following the magnificence of Evgeni Malkin, who has been playing a game with which most players are unfamiliar.

No, this will not be easy.

Before the trade deadline Shero told Crosby he might have to make a deal that would force him to keep Crosby off the Penguins cap for the rest of the regular season, and said that Crosby shot back, “I’m not working this hard not to come back, you know.”

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Crosby Will Play Against The Rangers On Thursday

via Sam Kasan of Penguins.com,

Sidney Crosby is back.

The Penguins captain will return to the lineup Thursday night in New York against the Rangers.

“I feel good and the plan is to play Thursday,” he said following practice on Tuesday. “I got a good practice and I’m looking forward to getting out there Thursday.”

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Evening Line

“I believe he will play the way he knows best, which is to compete at the highest level he can.”

“He is very strong mentally and will be ready for it. If he had any doubt about his abilities he wouldn’t risk it. Hockey is also what he loves to do.”

-Pat Brisson, player agent for Sidney Crosby.  More on Crosby from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.

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Video- Cherry Says Crosby Should Sit The Rest Of The Season

No mention of Brian Burke although Ron MacLean looked a bit disturbed about his name being brought into the conversation.

Scroll to the 3:30 mark for the Crosby talk.

added 3/11/12 10:53am, for those you without a North American IP, I’ve added another version of Coach’s Corner below.

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Crosby Won’t Play Tomorrow

via TSN,

Sidney Crosby will not suit up on Sunday against the Boston Bruins, but is hopeful that he can play on Thursday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Crosby practiced on Saturday morning with the Penguins but did not skate on a regular line. He centred an extra line between Eric Tangradi and Dustin Jeffrey.

The 24-year-old superstar has no setback or symptoms, and just wants a few more practices to get ready.

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Video- Will Sidney Crosby Return On Sunday?

After practice today, Crosby was unsure about returning to action on Sunday.

He said he hasn’t had much practice time and no need to rush return now.

So, we wait another day to find out.

But if you want to read between the lines, what do you think?

 

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