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Orpik doesn’t think Crosby is “anywhere close to coming back”

Jan 12, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

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Sidney Crosby watched as the Pittsburgh Penguins were shut out by the Washington Capitals tonight, but some might hope that the concussed star will come to the rescue since he’s at least exercising again. Rugged defenseman Brooks Orpik believes that might be a foolish hope, though.

“I don’t think he’s anywhere close to coming back,”  Orpik said. “You can’t really wait for him.”

That 1-0 loss marks the first time the Penguins failed to score this season, but things have been trending down quite a bit lately, with just six goals scored during an 0-6-0 streak.

Naturally, it doesn’t all boil down to Crosby as Kris Letang (concussion) and Jordan Staal (knee injury) are among the injured Penguins. It’s fair to say that the Penguins miss Letang quite a bit, too, as he’s an outstanding catalyst for the team’s offense from the blueline.

Perhaps Orpik’s statement was more about the Penguins needing to put all these issues out of their minds, but considering the state of things in Pittsburgh, his proclamation adds another ugly layer to all the doom and gloom.

  1. ikillchicken - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    This seems fairly obvious to me. I mean, he was off for so long to begin with and if even after all that time he still got concussed again from those incredibly minor bumps then there`s clearly something very seriously wrong there. I desperately hope I`m wrong but I`ve got to think that we`re talking years if ever at all before we see him play again.

  2. me6661973 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    Who cares let talk about players not crybabies. Retire and free up NHL news. What about the best goalie today or hot hand players that news.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jan 12, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      Learn English before you post……

  3. sjsharksfan11 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Totally agree with the comment above. No more of this crybaby is great news. He the woman outta the game I’m sick of hearing about this prima donna

    • psujay - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      The guy’s name is “sjsharksfan11″…probably not a Caps or Flyers fan. Also, Pens fans shouldn’t call any fan base (ok, maybe Washington) ignorant.

  4. murtdurt - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:13 AM

    These above 2 comments coming from ignorant american caps and flyers fans. Enjoy your empty Stanley cup trophy cases and your SILVER metal. #hatersgonnahate

    • psujay - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Replied to the wrong comment above.

      The guy’s name is “sjsharksfan11″…probably not a Caps or Flyers fan. Also, Pens fans shouldn’t call any fan base (ok, maybe Washington) ignorant.

      Also, Flyers fans probably aren’t calling out Crosby on the concussions. They’ve had the worst history of concussions of any team in League history…Lindros, Primeau, Pronger. I would guess you’re wrong about this one.

      I would tell you to learn about the history of the game, but you probably think that only goes back to the lockout anyway.

      /1967 😦 Maybe we should tank #whatcomesnaturallytothepens

  5. huliciusm - Jan 12, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    I am a kings fan but you guys crosby is the face of the league and he he deserves the hype he is highly respected in his locker room. The dude who is overhyped if ovechkin wont be pretty for league if crosby never gets back to his level he use to be at

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      The thing though is that there are superstars on other teams that don’t get the light of day when it comes to media love. Is Crosby good for the game? Yes. Is the game going to suffer with his absence? No. You think fans in Winnipeg will stop watching the Jets because Crosby isn’t playing? Or Edmonton? Or Nashville? The whole ‘face of the NHL’ nonsense is ridiculous. The NHL is the only sport out of the Major 4 that focuses on just one guy. Usually a league promotes their stars. Not just one. The NHL doesn’t seem to get that.

  6. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 12, 2012 at 6:02 AM

    lets see if we can go 0-10 boys

  7. lordstanley716 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    I’m no fan of Crosby, but I am a fan of the NHL and hockey in general so I have a HUGE respect for what Sidney Crosby brings to the game. I had a smile on my face when the news broke of his return and thought how excited the entire city of Pittsburgh must be to get the face of the franchise, ahem and the NHL back to game action. Any fan who tries to deny Crosby’s relevance to the game is really no fan at all in my opinion. Take a look at his stats from the night he returned and tell me the game isn’t being robbed of one of the greatest talents to ever lace up the skates. My only hope is we get him back on the ice, even if he net the game winner in the very first Winter Classic against my beloved Buffalo Sabres…
    I’d pay to see him do it over and over again, because he is that important to the game.

  8. cshearing - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    The biggest crybabies around are the message board trolls who whine about Crosby all the time.

  9. jpelle82 - Jan 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    dont worry, in about a year and half all the news about crosby will be about what team is going to gamble on a high $ contract for an injury prone long shot. i doubt the pens will be in the mix unless malkin’s knees explode or ray shero and management comes down with a sudden case of dimentia. as a pens fan i think the drama is holding the team back and orpik is right, the team needs to get over this shit

  10. pens919209 - Jan 12, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Orpik is clearly talking to his team more than he is to the fans here. The guy is frustrated and hates to lose; that’s pretty evident. This team has won without Crosby before, and that’s probably where Orpik is coming from; but to not have a defenseman who can get the puck to the net and create the kinds of rebounds and chances that the Penguins have been able to finish on is clearly hurting them more now than it ever has. It’s also not helping that none of the forwards has stepped up his game or seems to be able to finish on any opportunity.

    No one wants to use injuries as an excuse for poor play, but it has to factor in here. Having so many guys out, seeing guys get hurt over and over again… it’s wearing on the guys who are healthy enough to play. But that said, those healthy enough to play have to start showing some mental toughness and drive. As Orpik says, you can’t wait on Crosby.

  11. ermur22 - Jan 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I think Crosby gets concussed easily and should find another job. Wouldn’t he rather be able to play with his kids then end up like a vegetable???

    • nhlbruins90 - Jan 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Blunt, but probably true.

  12. cardsandbluesforever - Jan 20, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    im not ripping on Crosby at all but the daily “Crosby reports” are getting pretty old. im sure this is hard enough on him as it is, the media and the NHL need to back off and let him be for a while- all this pressure to return is NOT helping him.

    my personal opinion? i think hes done. he took a long time to come back from the one concussion, and he gets another a short time later after a light bump. that is definately NOT a good sign, and is the exact situation Scott Stevens, Lindros, etc were in right before they had to retire. i could be wrong but unfortunately the odds arent in his favor.

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