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Is Sidney Crosby’s family asking him to retire because of concussion problems? (Probably not)

Mar 11, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Just when you thought the Zdeno Chara-Max Pacioretty controversy would force Sidney Crosby‘s concussion issues to the background for just a little bit, Twitter was abuzz for a bit today with the latest Sid-related rumor.

Apparently Fan 590’s Bob McCown claimed that Crosby’s family is trying to convince him to retire because of the concussion issues that derailed what could have been the best individual season of his already impressive career. While concussions can be serious enough to end a career prematurely, Darren Dreger refuted the claim via Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson.

Brisson said that Crosby’s parents have been “extremely encouraging and supportive” and they will never feed any negative pulse to such a passionate mind.”

So, from the sound of the things, you can relax about Crosby retiring at this point. It’s not crazy to wonder if his family is concerned about his health – and maybe someone in the Crosby clan is whispering the word “retirement” in someone’s ear – but it’s no time to panic.

Naturally, we’ll keep you updated if anything changes or something concrete surfaces. If nothing else, it’s at least a momentary distraction during a day when frivolous hockey talk can be a valuable escape.

  1. stakex - Mar 11, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Well, while I doubt these rumors are true… if I was a Cindy Crysby fan I’d most certainly be worried.

    First of all, we all know the Penguins have sugar coated how bad the situation is. Even today in the era of safty first when it comes to concusions, players just don’t miss three months with that is described as a minor concusion. Yes, everyone is different and some take longer to come back then others… but when it takes you several months, your concusion is no longer “minor” and becomes a worry about your future.

    When your first concusion is this bad… the prospects of your future are not good. Lindors? Savard any one? Crosby almost certainly has nothing but a long, or more likely, short career ahead of him filled with mediocer play… or more concusions. The way he likes to play, combined with the fact hes not liked by most NHL players because of his whinning and diving ways, Crosby is always at risk of another big hit. If he tones things down a bit, he won’t be the same player. Its a real conundrum he has, and the prospects are not at all good.

    • tk1966 - Mar 12, 2011 at 12:25 AM

      … if I was a Cindy Crysby fan….the fact hes not liked by most NHL players because of his whinning and diving ways….

      Sounds like 1) you have more than a little bit of bias, and 2) you haven’t actually watched him play since his first year in the league, therefore 3) your opinion is absolutely worthless

  2. sfbookreviews - Mar 12, 2011 at 2:48 AM

    Quote: the fact hes not liked by most NHL players….

    Guess that would explain why he easily won the player voting at the All-Star break for:

    Best Role Model
    Smartest Player
    Player you would build a franchise around (69%, 2nd place got 6%)
    Toughest Forward to play against

    And 2nd for:

    Best Skater
    Player most difficult to stop (only Goalies)
    Hardest to take the puck off of

    Yep, obviously universally disliked. Good call. You just keep spouting your hockey ignorance and the rest of us will keep laughing.

  3. dwightbuttz - Mar 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Looks like Cindys fans love to whine too……..

  4. heyzeus143 - Mar 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    he’s coming back

  5. jpelle82 - Mar 18, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    people who call him a crybaby dont watch hockey…ovechkin cries more than crosby.

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