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Crosby agent refutes rumors: “Retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary”

Jan 6, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

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As the hockey world swirls with rumors of Sidney Crosby being shut down for the season — or perhaps forever — agent Pat Brisson nixed the scuttlebutt today in emphatic fashion.

“Sidney is doing very well, he’s training, he’s going in the right direction,” Brisson told ESPN. “The idea of retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary. Far from that.”

Brisson was likely responding to a report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos in which the former NHLer boldly stated that Crosby’s season was over. (There are “shutdown-for-year” rumors floating around Twitter too, like this.) Crosby, of course, hasn’t played since Dec. 5 — a 3-1 loss to Boston — in which he played a season-high 21:03, but also suffered a series of hits which triggered concussion symptoms.

Brisson wasn’t the only one refuting shutdown/retirement claims today. Pens GM Ray Shero also addressed the Crosby situation, telling ESPN there’s “absolutely zero truth to these rumors.”

  1. bigtganks - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    How many other words aren’t in his vocabulary after that hit? Like Peanut Butter, Sunshine, Computer, Lawnmower, Puppies, etc; I guess it’s far worse than anyone thought.

  2. rarelyshaves - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    well he finally became droppable in fantasy so i made him a FA

    if he comes back im gonna be screwed

  3. taytay099 - Jan 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Who knows what will happen? The brain is so mysterious, he might come back and player better than ever or he might come back then feel the symptoms again after a small bump. Really too early to tell. I hope he has a long career and puts up some great numbers again. Some people can bounce back from concussions like they never even happened. I hope this is the last time he has one. It seems doubtful, but weirder things have happened.

  4. letsgosharks - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    If he’s not careful”nursing home” will be part of his vocabulary

  5. goforthanddie - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    “Retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary”

    Crosby obviously needs a more literate, more intelligent agent.

  6. hockeyrocque - Jan 6, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    If I were Sid, I’d be retired with a bunch of broads at my side for next 55 years.

  7. pastabelly - Jan 6, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    He’s one more concussion away from retirement. It may not be in their vocabulary now and they really don’t even care about except as a meal ticket.

  8. stakex - Jan 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    The odds are Crosby will not play again this year. His agent and the team might deny such rumors, but that is in fact the likely outcome.

    The Pens would be stupid to try and rush Crosby back. After all, he spent nearly a year trying to recover from his first concussion only to get another one after eight games. Hes clearly susceptible to them at this point, and I simply cannot see the Pens trying to get him on the ice any time soon. Another quick concussion and it really could be all over for Crosby.

  9. sharkmaster88 - Jan 7, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Just put the Whitney kid on the sidelines for a year otherwise can you say Lindross

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