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Crosby watch continues: Nothing new ahead… Yet

Nov 7, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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Crosby-Watch 2011 rolls on and today’s update is… That there’s not really much of an update. Instead, Crosby did his usual turn in practice and met with the press afterwards.

With the Penguins not playing again until Friday at home against Dallas and that date being preemptively circled as a potential comeback game for Sid, our curiosity is piqued and Crosby knows it. After practice, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi caught up with Sid to get the update from the man himself.

If you’re hoping for Friday you might want to cool your jets.

Crosby addressed media speculation that he would play Friday against Dallas at Consol Energy Center.

″I guess they know more than I do,″ he said, cracking a smile.

″I haven’t really thought about that. I’ve thought more about just getting through this week. (Playing Friday) is a possibility, just like the other however many games left there are (is a possibility).″

Always secretive, always leaving us guessing, always coy. Oh you, Sid.

We’re sure the Crosby and Dan Bylsma are tired of hearing the question, but that’s part of the deal. Everyone knows he’s close to getting back and since it’s been over 11 months since he’s last played a NHL game, everyone is in Christmas Eve mode anxious to see Crosby back in action.

He’ll be back soon as he’s working too hard in practice not to and as Rossi notes in his story, Crosby’s only missed one scheduled practice since he was cleared for contact in practice. Maybe it’ll be Friday, maybe it’ll be next week, maybe the week after, but it’s going to be soon nonetheless.

  1. charlutes - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I know concussions are serious but enough already. No symptoms for a while now, get back on the ice Crosby. I can’t wait to hear the whining every time he gets grazed from here on in. I’m sorry but the lack of personality, they sense of entitlement…Best player in the game no doubt, but I’ve never been a fan of this guy. Yes I am Canadian.

  2. icedog97 - Nov 7, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    While I can certainly understand…and even partially agree with all of the “enough already” type comments…I really don’t understand the “sense of entitlement” or even “lack of personality” comments.

    To me, if you have paid any attention to what Crosby had done and said…or what any of the guys that have played on his team’s have said…he’s the opposite of that. They all comment about how he’s just “one of the guys” on the team.

    I’d like you to read this quote from the 2007 playoffs…and you tell me if this sounds like a guy with a sense of entitlement…

    “The spotlight is not important to me. You work hard all year, and even before that, you work hard your whole life to get in the NHL and then to get in the playoffs. Where the spotlight is, that’s not really a concern for me. I just want to win.”

  3. lameasish - Nov 7, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Yup, the first guy’s comment was way off and the whole thing about him whining all the time…does everyone turn a blind eye to the fact that every player whines at the ref, he’s a hockey player for f-sakes, why does he need to have an out going personality, I don’t care about pre and post game comments, I like to watch players play, not talk.

  4. charlutes - Nov 7, 2011 at 7:11 PM

    I acknowledge his talent, but from my perspective he cries to the refs constantl. Sure other guys do too but certainly not all, and I’m happy cheering for the Toews’ of the world. There were lots of instances that back up the entitlement claim early in his career from inside the penguins clubhouse and out. Now he’s the golden boy so no one is allowed to say anything negative. I can’t really argue that it’s not what they say, it’s what they do that matters, but for the face of the NHL…I’d rather be overloaded with quotes, commercials, promos and press conferences from a guy with more personality than bellybutton lint. I don’t hate Crosby. Hate is a strong word, but Im cheering for just about anyone else.

  5. charlutes - Nov 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Oh and get back on the ice already. Cleared to play, then why aren’t you playing? You are Sidney Crosby, it’s not like your going to hurt your team at 90% out there. I think he’s scared to get hit again. What’s going to change two weeks from now?

  6. icedog97 - Nov 7, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    “lots of instances…” that’s a pretty big claim…I’ve been here his whole professional career and I haven’t heard about them. I’m curious what details you have about those “instances”?

    The whole thing about getting “back on the ice already” and “whining”…you say you aren’t a hater…but I’m having a tough time seeing how you are anything but that. You are unhappy about him not playing “already” and once he’s out there you look forward to being un-happy about his whining. Please tell me how any of this makes any sense unless you just plain hate the guy. If you didn’t hate him, then you would have just let this article go in the first place…right?

    It’s not about 90% health right now…it’s about being a sure as he can be that he’s recovered. The truth is, he won’t know until after a hit. In that case, any player would be concerned about taking that first big hit…but scared? Again, I’m not sure you really understand Crosby very well.

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