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Sidney Crosby put on injured reserve… again

Dec 17, 2011, 5:52 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Tim Thomas

We were told that Sidney Crosby was only supposed to miss a couple of games because the player and the team wanted to err on the side of caution. First it was a two-game mini road trip that he was supposed to miss. Then it was announced by the Penguins that he’d be out “indefinitely,” but he was still on their roster to return as soon as he felt like he like he was ready to go. Then there was today’s news.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that Sidney Crosby has been retroactively placed on injured reserve as he tries to recover from his concussion-like symptoms. The move (along with Robert Bortuzzo heading to IR) allowed the team to clear up a couple of roster spots so they could recall Jason Williams and Carl Sneep from their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. Yet at this point, corresponding roster moves are the last thing on NHL fans minds.

Does this mean that he’s going to be out for an extended period of time? Not necessarily. The main reason that the Penguins would put Crosby on IR would be so it creates a roster spot for a forward that is able to play; Jason Williams for example. However, it makes one wonder if the team is preparing for a longer absence when they reach to the AHL affiliate for reinforcements.

Crosby had been playing well since initially coming back from the concussion he suffered in January. He managed to rack up 12 points in only eight games–including four points in his first game back against the New York Islanders on November 21.

At first, Crosby was just taking a few games off as a precautionary measure because he “didn’t feel right.” Now the team is bringing in someone to replace him on the roster while things get sorted. It’s a significant step.

The Pens superstar has already been scratched in four games since being sidelined. The strong Penguins have had a 1-3 record over the recent stretch, but they’ve been dealing with injuries to Kris Letang, Jordan Staal, and Zbynek Michalek among others; and now Paul Martin is out with a lower-body injury.

But far more important than any short-term success (or failure) for the Penguins is the long-term recovery for the face of the league. It’s hard to look at this most recent development as good news for anyone.

  1. drewsylvania - Dec 17, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    The fact of him being on injured reserve doesn’t mean a lot on its face. It means he’ll be out of the lineup for a minimum of seven days, including time already missed. So not a huge deal by itself.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      As of this writing, 5 ups and 5 downs…I really don’t understand people.

      • emoser - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

        I really don’t understand people who get worked up over how people vote on their comments.

  2. sausage9724 - Dec 17, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    I seriously hope he isn’t forced into early retirement…as a flyers fan I saw how a concussion can ruin a career with lindros…i wish him the best

    • imauggiedoggie - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM

      yep, i agree ~ smells like lindros to me & too bad for sid and hockey! i hope he gets better soon…

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Dec 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    Anything to get this brat out of the game. I’m loving this!

    • hockeyfan1701 - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM

      Very intelligent post sjsharksfan11…..

    • goalie007 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM

      You are obviously a moron, sjsharksfan11. He’s only the face of the league, not to mention it’s best player. Have you ever had a concussion? It’s a thoroughly miserable experience; blinding headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, and endless nausea and vomiting. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody, not even you. Grow up and get a clue.

      • finfan88shark - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

        Crosby is the face of NBC, and Versus, not the face of the league. There are a lot of stars in the NHL not just Cindy. I for one am tired of hearing Crosby this, Crosby that. There are over 500 players in the NHL and all of them deserve credit too, not just one.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:42 AM

      Don’t like the Pens, but you are an asshat.

  4. spizzjr - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    ^ :) good ride the pine ya bastard and no more porn attaché

  5. spizzjr - Dec 17, 2011 at 10:53 PM

    ^ :) good ride the pine Sid and no more porn stache

  6. sjawesome - Dec 17, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    @sjsharksfan11 don’t make us sharks fans look bad… I hope Sid recovers, concussions are no fun. He is an exciting player to watch

    • finfan88shark - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:44 PM

      Speak for yourself, I am a Sharks fan too and I agree with 11

  7. stakex - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    While Crosby being put on injury reserve is not a red flag that something is wrong per se… the fact that he has not practiced since being hurt again IS a sign that something far more serious is wrong. The Pens MIGHT just be being very careful with him, but since he hasn’t practiced at all I doubt that very much. After all, its been over a week since he was on the ice… so hes not going to come strait back at this point. Even if hes declared good to go tm, he would still need a few days of skating to get back in game shape. Thus, if this was all just a precaution and not another concussion… it would make sense Crosby would at least be skateing right now to stay in shape. The fact that hes not says something more serious.

    Thats not even to mention the situation for Crosby wasn’t great before he was hurt again. Sure he had 12 points in 8 games. However a closer look, and actually watching him play, revealed big issues with his game. Crosby seemed a bit timmied to play up the middle and was making more moves to the outside then I have ever seen from him. Not to mention he only had 2 goals in 8 games, one of which was a really fluky bounce, and no goals in hus last 7. he might have had 10 assists, but most of those were secondary (meaning his high assist could was a product of the super star team he plays with). Cap it off with a .065% shooting percentage and there was a clear issue with his play. Of course the media and his fans focused only on the couple highlight reel plays and the 12 points he had… but there was far more to the story then that.

    Now I might not like Crosby, but I certainly don’t want to see him being the next Lindros either. No one, and I mean no one deserves to be robbed of their prime. However things just don’t look good for him. He was having some issues with his game before, and now he might have had another concussion… that simply cannot be good. Hopefully he can recover, and get back to playing at a really high level again… but that seems more unlikely then ever at this point.

  8. bostonhasrealhockey - Dec 18, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Hope all goes well its great for the game when the talent is maximized and we all know how much of a talent sid is

  9. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    I am not a Crosby fan and him scoring the goal for Canada was the nail in the coffin for me, but I would love to see my team beat the Pens with Crosby than without him. The game needs it’s best player weather I like him or not. I hope he feels better and can come back, whenever that may be…..

    Side note, I think the reason why I never got into Crosby was the same for Tebow, just sick of hearing their names ALL THE TIME. Crosby does bring less Jesus to the table tho, so that’s a plus LOLOLOZ

    • finfan88shark - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      I your opinion he is the game’s best player. I am sure Stamkos, Ovechkin, and a couple of kids in Edmonton might say something different. PLEASE PLEASE the game is Bigger then Crosby, always has been and always will be. Long after Crosby is gone the NHL will still be around, might be hard for NBC and the media too realize this but it is true.

  10. rexadelphia8 - Dec 18, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Any intentional hit to the head by opponent should be a 5 game suspension, this is getting so bad that players are dropping like flies to shit

    • finfan88shark - Dec 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM

      This is so much bull. HOW can you prove a players intent? If the player says he intended to hurt someone I agree, but saying something is intentional is just plain wrong.

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