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Sidney Crosby to speak with media on Wednesday; Speculation time is over

Sep 6, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

While Alex Ovechkin and the Winnipeg Jets are holding separate press conferences today for their own special reasons, Sidney Crosby is going to one-up both of them on Wednesday. Crosby is set to speak with reporters in Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. and while the Penguins didn’t provide the context of what Crosby would be talking about, the assumption here is pretty simple to make.

All summer long we’ve been dealing with reports from here, there, and everywhere about how Crosby’s progress in recovering from his concussion suffered in January has gone poorly and the one person we’ve yet to hear from directly on matters is Crosby himself. We’ve heard from his agent Pat Brisson, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, and Penguins GM Ray Shero all providing their own brand of public relations when it comes to Crosby.

Now it’s time to hear it from the man himself about how he’s doing in his concussion recovery. We should find out how he’s been handling things, what his progress is, and perhaps even a timetable as to when he’ll be returning to the Penguins. The one thing we can guess from all this for sure is that he’s not likely to be ready to go with the team as training camp opens up next week and that his status to start the season is in doubt.

Of course, Sid could also say that he’s in great shape and that all the idle speculation of late has been patently false and he can’t wait to rub everyone’s face in it from the get-go this year and we should all begin worrying about Gretzky’s records.

All right, if that happens we’ll all have a bit of crow to eat, but still, the time for clandestine reports from some mythical soothsayer in Nova Scotia is over with and we’ll know for sure tomorrow what, exactly, is ailing Sidney Crosby.

  1. fcs34 - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I hope he retires. I despise the what the NHL has become. He’s to good for this joke of a league. And when he does watch the numbers of kids playing minor hockey plummet. Just give parents a excuse to pull their kids out of this over-priced, increasingly dangerous sport and they will jump at it.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Hey fcs34

      Go watch golf or tennis.

      • fcs34 - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        Nah I’ll just watch the OHL. Good hockey, less crap. Hockey is great the NHL is a joke.

    • dbick - Sep 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      not sure if trolling or just a moron.

  2. polegojim - Sep 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    @fcs – so you think it was safer when they played with no helmets, visors, pad/guards, goalies wore leather or thin plastic on their face, and most players were missing their front teeth?

    Where did you grow up and when? I’m going to guess a new market city and only recently.

    Did you ever even play hockey? I’m thinking no.

    • fcs34 - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM

      Classic NHL appologist line. You ever play hockey lol ? Southern Ontario, played lots, still do. Doesn’t change my original point that the NHL is a joke and minor hockey is on the decline.

  3. toosano - Sep 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    How can hockey not be safer theses days? Crosby’s taken some shots, some undeserved, but that’s hockey. He should retire and teach, or play golf.

  4. capsrockva - Sep 6, 2011 at 3:51 PM

    He should take the year off

  5. hanktheking - Sep 6, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    I’ll bet that Crosby doesn’t retire, that minor hockey is Canada will be just fine, and the sun will rise tomorrow. A new football player gets a concussion every single day, so why don’t we shut down the NFL? A couple baseball players are concussed, so let’s kill the MLB.

    OR, let’s stop hiding from our shadows and realize these are physical, “man’s games”. Guys are getting bigger and stronger (and in some cases skin this illegally) so there are bound to be injuries. Man up, or shut up, but either way, stop bitching about the NHL.

    • fcs34 - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:38 AM

      Your right, manning up should solve all the problems lol. Please tell me what’s manly about running a guy from behind into the boards ? And I never said to kill the NHL, they are doing a fine job of it themselves. And there is no point comparing the NHL to MLB or the NFL because those leagues are popular, relevant and have both made rule changes to protect the health of it’s players, unlike the NHL. That’s why they are on major networks and the NHL is on Versus. As I said hockey is a great sport but the NHL is being run into the ground by morons.

  6. bsputnik - Sep 6, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    I just hope that he will be back someday. It would suck to lose another year of contention, but if he can come back 100% in ’12-’13, that is more important than rushing back this year.

  7. stakex - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:44 PM

    Hey I’m not a Crosby fan at all, but I really hope hes playing again fairly soon. Id rather root against him, then see him not playing at all.

    With that said, I don’t think there is any reason to worry about Gretzkys records. Even with his year last season that was for some odd reason being called “Historic” before Corsby was hurt…. it was still going to be a year that would have been very very average for Gretzky (and likely not much better, if at all then Ovechkins season a couple years ago). His records aren’t going anywhere, at least not from Crosby. Ovechkin MIGHT, and I stress MIGHT, have a shot at his goals record if he has a couple really hot seasons…. but thats about it.

  8. dcent87 - Sep 6, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Lol fcs……idiot

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