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Report: Sidney Crosby might not be ready for the start of the 2011-12 season

Aug 14, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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It’s going to be tough to forecast the future of the Pittsburgh Penguins because of the still-in-limbo status of their two superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Malkin’s situation might actually be a little easier to gauge since he’s dealing with knee issues rather than ever-elusive concussion problems.

Now, it’s important to take any unconfirmed report with a grain of salt. With that disclaimer out of the way, Josh Rimer of NHL Home Ice reports that “three sources” told him that Crosby won’t be ready for the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Again, it’s impossible to tell how reliable those three sources are, but Rimer is a producer for a well-known hockey radio show so it probably wouldn’t behoove him to throw out a rumor without any basis.

That being said, the regular season is still just a shade under two months away, so there’s always the possibility that Crosby will make more progress than expected. The hope was that Crosby would be healthy enough for training camp so that he could get acquainted with new teammates such as James Neal and Steve Sullivan, but that might not happen now.

The Penguins could probably accept the possibility of Crosby missing a portion of this regular season if it means taking every precaution to make sure that they’re doing what is best for the still very young star’s future. We’ll keep an eye on any denials, confirmations or other comments or updates from the team itself. Again, it’s unclear if this rumor will come to fruition, but it would be a sad situation if Crosby really did miss even more games that “count.”

(H/T to Rotoworld.)

Update: While the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is looking into the rumors, Eye on Hockey points out that USA Today’s Kevin Allen provided more optimism in his Saturday report. That report indicates that Crosby is “training and planning as if he will be ready for the start of training camp.” Naturally, that doesn’t mean that he will be ready, but it underscores the idea that the situation is murky at the moment. We’ll keep an eye on the situation.

  1. inthecrowdlax - Aug 14, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    Crosby is done. They have just not come out and said it publicly. one hit from a chris pronger type would give him another one. Hello Eric Lindros 2.0

    • capsrockva - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:05 PM

      or Talbot

  2. capsrockva - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Yes love it I can’t stand him or any of that Franchises players especially Cooke

  3. icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Concussions are scary. In Philly we had Lindros, Primeau and Gagne; all never really reached their fullest potential because of concussions. If the Pens are smart, they’d be smart not to rush him.

  4. derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Capsrock: you love it? Thats a straight-up deplorable thing to say. I wouldnt wish a career ending injury on anyone but Avery. Crosby brings so many positive things to the rink, not liking him is one thing but celebrating this is beyond idiotic

    • stakex - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Your mad at someone saying that they “love” the fact Crosby might be finished from an injury… yet you fully admit that there is a player who YOU wish (or at least would be happy if he did) would suffer such an injury. Hypocricy much?

      A lot of people don’t like Crosby as much as they don’t like Avery. Its not ok to wish bad things on one, if its not ok to wish bad thingso n the other.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:52 PM

        I didnt wanna say I wouldnt wish a career ending injury on anyone because that wouldnt be true. I think youd be hard-pressed to find a player or coach who, to a man, thinks Avery brings anything worthwhile to the rink. if there was no instigator rule he wouldnt even be in the NHL, he be eating through a straw somewhere. but I digress. people hate Crosby for a number of reasons, but you cant argue hes a good player that does a lot of positive stuff to the league. how can anybody be happy that a player like that might be done at such a young age? I admit I disdained Crosby when he broke into the league but never so much that I wished someone would knock him out of the league, thats just a bit much

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        Im not saying its a tad hypocritical but Im wishing a player who has no business being in the league gets knocked out while hes wishing that the best player in the league gets knocked out simply because he cant stand Crosby owning his team.

      • stakex - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:47 PM

        I have no idea why you keep saying Avery has no place in the NHL… he actually has 244 points in 564 games. While not lighting it up, those are solid 2nd/3rd line numbers. I can think of plenty of other players who have no business in the league, such as Trevor Gillies. Avery doesn’t even come to mind in that list though. Hell as much as I (and the rest of the hockey world outside Pittsburgh) hate Matt Cooke, he still throws in enough points to be worth having on the roster.

        So really, there is no defense for saying its ok to wish on player gets hurt, and not another. YOU hate Avery for what ever reason, and your simply wrong in your laughable assertion he has no place in the NHL. Not only does he have a place, he plays his role very well. Just because YOU hate him, does not make it alright to say its a good thing if he gets hurt.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

        your Rangers bias is showing. I outlined what makes Avery a piece of sh*t in a previous post but you seem to have ignored that

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

        my other post should read “Im not saying its not a tad hypocritical” on my part, but the reasons for hating Avery are more legitimate and everybody outside NY (as well as many in NY) hate him because he is the personification of classless idiocy. the reasons for hating Crosby are generally “hes a pussy”, or when roughly translated, “he and his team own mine and I cant stand it”. thats not enough to wish harm on a player. the fact that Avery should get the sh*t kicked out of him every game but doesnt because of the instigator rule is a good enough reason to hope someone like Cooke pops him

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        let me outline this for you in words you can understand: without the instigator rule Avery would get his face caved in on his first shift of the season. however, nobody is allowed to fight him because he wont drop the gloves and the player trying to fight him will get suspended. so Avery getting headhunted and having his career ended would be poetic justice in the eyes of everyone except you and him. I know its not necessarily right to wish that but its more justified than wishing Crosbys career gets ended because hes a good player that owns pretty much every team he plays

    • capsrockva - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      I can’t stand any of the Pens

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

        icelovinbrotha215 I cant believe how reasonable you are even though youre a Flyers fan (no offense haha), youre comments are the exact point Im trying to make minus the shots at Avery

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

        Hahahaha thanks. We are crazy in Philly but the media gives us a bad rap. You know everyone outside of Pittsburgh can’t stand Crosby. But no one can deny his talent. I don’t think the concussion is taken lightly by anyone. I want him healthy and then struggle offensively ha. But this is his life.

    • capsrockva - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:47 PM

      I’m entitled to my own opinion

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        being happy about a players injury is NOT an opinion

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        No doubt. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But we need not celebrate someone getting injured. I can’t stand Cindy or the Pens but doesn’t mean I’m happy he is suffering from the worse injury outside of paralysis. Concussions will hamper his ability to be the player he was.

  5. dbick - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    This situation is insane. The hit(s) really didn’t look that terrible, or at least terrible enough to make him miss this much time. Really makes me wonder how he’s missed this much time, and players in the NFL come back in 2 weeks after getting trucked in the middle of the field by huge human beings, NFL might need to re think it’s safety policies.

    • stakex - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      The collision with Dave Steckel was pretty nasty. Neither play was expecting it, or saw it coming. Thus Steckle couldn’t let up or make an effort to avoid the collision and Crosby couldn’t brace for it… not a good situation. The little bump he took a couple nights later from Victor Hedman likely had little to do with his overall condition…. it probably just irritated it at the time.

      Also, some people are simply more prone and susceptable to concusions then others. A hit the hurts one play, might have little effect on another.

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

      thats why concussions are such a scary thing. I believe ESPN sports science did a bit on the hits Crosby suffered and the actual force hitting his head was way more than you could ever imagine based on videos of the incident

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Yea it doesn’t take much contact to suffer a concussion. That’s why the Pens have to be EXTREMELY careful. The Pittsburgh faithful have to be concerned.

      • stakex - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

        Thats true, but extreme care only goes so far. If Crosby is still not ready to come back (a big if until this is confirmed), then theres something more wrong then just caution. Don’t forget, it will have been over NINE months since the injury by the time the pre-season starts… if Crosby isn’t ready yet, the situation is worse then the team has said so far.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

        True true. I’m seeing that the local (Pittsburgh) news and Crosby’s agent is saying he is on track? Anyone from Pittsburgh can verify this? Now I’m seeing conflicting reports haha.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

        its not uncommon for a player to miss that much time or more with an injury like this and comeback eventually. that 9 months doesnt mean his concussion is a career ender , but it also doesnt bode well him

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

        Yea look what is happening to Savard in Boston? We shall see.

      • stakex - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:30 PM

        @derpdederpdederp – Well its not exactly common for a player to miss 9 months with a concusion unless its serious. But your right that this is not a sign that Crosby’s career is over or anything. I just take it to mean he’s not doing as good as previous reports have suggested, IF this is true.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

        theres never a timetable for players with a concussion. since its always done on a “wait and see” basis Id say 9 months is neither common nor uncommon. every player responds to a head injury differently

  6. cannonblast14 - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

    HATE Crosby, but hes good for the game. Come back, but please never win another Cup again. :)

  7. inthecrowdlax - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Crosby camp talking retirement over dinner tonight. Stay tuned….

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

      got a source? last I heard he, his agent, and his own dad said thats not happening

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Aug 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM

      Yea you have a source? It can’t be that bad.

  8. capsrockva - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    to derpdederpdederp –
    you must be a dam Pens fan. I was only glad that if crybaby’s career is over, I can’t stand any of the Pens

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 8:15 PM

      Leafs fan bro, I hate the Pens too but the last thing I wanna see is Crosby have his career derailed at such a young age. not sure what point youre trying to make here. being happy his career might be over is pathetic whether you like his team or not

      • bigbear42 - Aug 14, 2011 at 9:02 PM

        I couldnt agree more. Not liking someone is one thing, but to actually be happy that another person, who really hasnt done anything to you personally, that all theyve done is be good player in their sport is deplorable, sad really.

        And before you ask, Im a Caps fan born and raised in Gaithersburg.

  9. southyank7 - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    @capsrockva KEEP hating on PENS we love it when you BOO us lets see 2 trips to SC finals, 1 Stanley Cup, Evgeni Malkin Conn Smythe, what have the Crapitols WON..NOTHING, nadda, zilch,
    Have you even made it out of the 1st round? Keep Rockin that RED, the red light that goes on when the OPPOSING team scores & moves on to the next round of the playoffs…you guys are only built for regular season… LMAO….just wait til someone takes a cheap shot @ OVIE.. he keeps running guys…someone’s gonna take liberties w/ #8…. then u’ll see your team SUFFER for the negative Karma you’ve brought upon your “HOUSE” hahahahahahaha

    • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      keep your mouth shut Rangers fan. whens the last time you went to the finals? like 20 years ago? yeah, pot calling the kettle black right here. get lost you troll

    • cannonblast14 - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM

      OV can handle himself. The only person that will successfully take a run possibly at OV is Weber or Chara or a giant bruiser. Ovechkin is too big and solid. Not many guys want to take a run at him unless they have the size to back it up.
      I dont really recommend going into trophys won either other than the cup. Ovechkin has more individual trophys than Malkin and probably Crosby, so i dont recommend bringing up that Conn Smythe stuff.

      • derpdederpdederp - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:30 PM

        lets not forget the Rangers are an Original 6 team that have managed to win a whopping 4 championships in their entire existence. the fact a Rangers fan thinks he can chirp about titles is pathetic

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