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Sidney Crosby’s agent shoots down boycott rumors

Jan 18, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT


Sidney Crosby‘s agent Pat Brisson admits that his client is angry, but that the anger won’t be directed at the NHL via a boycott of the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Instead Brisson explains that Crosby is simply mad that his injury is keeping him from appearing on the ice.

In other words, if the league’s biggest star misses the event, it will be because of lingering concussion issues rather than festering bitterness regarding the way the NHL handled the two hits that gave him trouble.

Brisson echoes thoughts we’ve passed along since Crosby missed his first game: the nebulous nature of concussions means that “he could be out two more days or two more months.”

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Crosby is happy with the way the situation has been handled, though. Let’s not forget that he was quite outspoken regarding the lack of discipline handed out to Washington Capitals center David Steckel and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman.

It just seems out of character for Crosby to make such a “statement” by sitting out a big league event out of spite. So let’s allow the rumors of a Crosby boycott die, but we cannot deny the fact that the rumors had some merit. It’s not ridiculous to wonder if he’s fuming about those hits, after all.

  1. clusterpuck - Jan 18, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    NHL should crack down on the head shots just like the NFL has. Trust me everyone is going to be head hunting him now trying to knock him out for the playoffs.

    • stakex - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:06 PM

      That is utter garbage clusterpuck. Neither of the hits on Crosby were illegal, or at least suspendable. Crosby colided with David Steckel, who happens to be a big guy… but the hit was clearly not intentional. If you watch the play, Steckel was not even looking at Crosby and just braced when Crosby ran into him…. nothing sinister there.

      The Victor Hedman hit was a bit dirty, and worthy of a 2 minute penelty. However, it was not a directed hit to the head by any means and Hedman made a clear effort to hold up. If he wanted to, Hedman could have really run Crosby… but despite Crosby being a whiner that no one likes, he held off. If Crosby wasn’t already hurt from the Steckel hit, the Hedman hit would have been completely moot.

      Bottom line is Crosby is just pissy because hes injured. Rest assured however, if there was the slightest chance either hit was close to dirty, the league would have taken action. They will do everything they can to protect Crosby… and due to his whining from this, I feel sorry for anyone who even looks at Crosby funny the rest of the year. Crosby already gets the benifit of every doubt from the refs, and they constantly ignore his out right diving/complaining… but now, hes REALLLLY going to be protected by the refs.

      • tk1966 - Jan 18, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        “and they constantly ignore his out right diving/complaining”

        Check your calendar buddy. It’s no longer 2007.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 19, 2011 at 1:43 PM

        crosby didnt collide with steckel…his back was to him and steckel drove threw him with his shoulder. stecks was in the drivers seat on that one…pretty obvious head shot if you watch it again dude.

      • greatwhiteape - Jan 24, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        @ jpelle82 Are you kidding me? You must be drinking the black and gold kool-aid because steckel even tried to avoid him!! Watch the video especially the second view where he was trying to get around him… Are you telling me that you’re a better judge of this hit that the sportscasters and a very biased NHL review booth?? Nope… Enjoy. It sucks he’s out, but lets not call it a dirty hit just because its Cindy Crosby…

  2. psujay - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    I’m not saying Crosby is a whiner, actually, even as a Flyers fan I respect him and I think his reputation is unwarranted (Orr, Gretzky, Lemieux, and Lindros all got the same reputation when all they really were guilty of was being incredibly gifted teenagers with a peer group of grown men) but if he tells the NHL “I’ll take my ball and go home” because he wanted someone suspended for hitting him he’s not going to do a lot for his reputation. If you want that kind of star treatment you should play basketball.

    • psujay - Jan 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      *or be Tom Brady so you can tell the refs when to flag someone

  3. lonespeed - Jan 19, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    If he makes it back for the all-star game, I hope Lindstrom and red / white Jesus conspire to pick him last in the team draft.

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