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Sidney Crosby wants someone to hit him

Oct 20, 2011, 5:16 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

It was big news last week when doctors cleared Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby for contact during practice, something many saw as a major step towards returning to action.

Just one problem. Since the announcement, Pittsburgh’s barely had any practices.

Thanks to a grueling opening schedule, injuries and suspensions, the Pens have taken an Iverson-esque approach to practice. (Practice?) Pittsburgh’s been limited almost entirely to game-day skates, conducting just one off-day practice (practice!) since Crosby was cleared.

Not ideal, according to No. 87.

“It will be nice to kind of get into those situations, not just being hit, but being able to go out there and think and react,” Crosby told reporters today. “You can only do so many drills by yourself.”

Crosby might be doing solo drills for a while. The Pens have five more games over the next 10 days (though three of them are at the Consol Energy Center) and don’t get a significant break until early November, when they’re off from Nov. 6-10. Realistically speaking, that window looks to be Crosby’s first opportunity to receive some contact.

“I’m anxious for that for sure but, that being said, there needs to be times and situations and we haven’t gotten a lot of those lately with our schedule,” Crosby said. “As things go on, we’ll get more and more time and hopefully get a better feel for where I’m at as far as contact is concerned.”

Here’s a question for you: If you’re a Penguin, aren’t you a little leery of delivering Crosby’s first hit? Because the thought of re-injuring him is a terrifying proposition. If it happens in the course of an actual game, that’s understandable — but if you’re on the same team and you take Crosby out in practice? That’s heavy.

  1. pistolpete31 - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Yeah I am a little nervous but Kadar has already been doing contact drills with him. It’s not like a coach or other player can’t hit him even if the team isn’t practicing. I think it’s great they don’t have much time for practice because then it doesn’t rush Crosby to get hit and he can continue to recover.

  2. nhlbruins90 - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    No problem, I’ll hit him. I’ll even kick him in the groin if he wants me to. Done and done.

  3. sknut - Oct 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    I find it hard to believe that there isn’t a coach that can’t hit him in a controlled envioroment and this is the next logical step in his recovery.

  4. stakex - Oct 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    I sure wouldn’t feel bad if I was his teammate and hurt him again in practice. I mean after all, he NEEDS to be hit… and if it hurts him, hes clearly not ready yet. Its that simple.

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Oct 20, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Didn’t you guys run this same article last week? Or am I just seeing things ha…

  6. rainyday56 - Oct 21, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    What a co-inky-dink. The “new” Matt Cooke desparately wants to hit something. They both better be wearing the same colour sweater in the first few practices.

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