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Gary Roberts believes Sidney Crosby wasn’t 100 percent in playoffs

May 3, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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For all the criticism that Evgeni Malkin received for the Pittsburgh Penguins’ first round series to the Philadelphia Flyers, he ultimately had the same amount of points (eight) as Sidney Crosby. It’s not a popular thought – two early goals in particular made it seem like everything was fine – but some might have wondered if Crosby was “all there.”

Gary Roberts is one of those people. Here is what he told The Canadian Press.

“Sidney Crosby needs to be in elite shape to perform at the level that he needs to perform at,” Roberts said. “I haven’t talked to him, but I don’t think he was feeling great. You can’t miss that much time in a season, even Sidney Crosby.”

Roberts knows fitness and Crosby (he briefly played alongside him in Pittsburgh), so he carries some extra credibility. The imposing ex-NHLer draws on his experience with another great center as an another example.

“Look at Mats Sundin,” Roberts said. “He took six months off, went back to Vancouver and he told me ‘Holy crap, I worked hard off the ice and I can’t believe how bad I feel out there.”‘

Interesting stuff. Finally, Roberts quite reasonably gave Crosby the benefit of the doubt about skipping the 2012 Hockey World Championships.

“Players can’t afford to be healing in the summer,” Roberts said. “You’ve got to be getting stronger and preparing for the next year. The summers are not for relaxation to the point that you don’t work.”

  1. emoser - May 3, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    A player who’s not 100% during the playoffs? Shocking.

  2. Buffalo Grumblings - May 3, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    He’s still concussed. He avoided contact at all costs.

    • atb4 - May 3, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      I did think that he didn’t look quite right after Malkin collided with him in game 5

    • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      Plus he played like a little girl.

    • dipthatchip - May 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      he played like a c-word all series. obviously not a pens fan, but it was irritating to watch him instigate people and get in scrums, knowing that no one would retaliate. No one in the NHL wants to be the person that ended sidney crosby’s career, it sucks to watch

    • tonyromoisterrible - May 3, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      I hope he gets his girly little head knocked in this summer playing hockey in his gay basement.

  3. bleed4philly - May 3, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    The only player at 100 % in the playoffs are the fans.

  4. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    tfoz, watch your mouth when you talk about the great one like that

    • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 9:52 AM

      You did see the series right?

      • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

        BTW whats up with your name? You know first hand?

    • AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM

      Gretzky is the great one.Crosby can’t even lace Messiers skates at this point.

    • paulsdamnblog - May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      The “great one’? Dude that’s Gretzky, know your history, don’t blow it! Wait your fan of Sid right? Never mind.

  5. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Even at 50% Soupcan is better than Giroux. Cant wait til the almighty is back at 100%. He might put up 200 points next year. Fear The Soupcan. @1975

    • dsd3 - May 3, 2012 at 9:50 AM

      Yeah, gee, we’re all shaking in our boots.

    • crashtheboards55 - May 3, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Seriously you are a complete idiot. You are a big reason why,as a Pens fan, I would love to get rid of bandwagon fans like you. You have zero knowledge of the game. You really need your mom to proof read you stupid posts before you even attempt to sound reasonable.

  6. pkswally024 - May 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    You guys are OUT YOUR GODDAMN MIND!

  7. sjsharksfan11 - May 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Who cares??? That little woman needs to get out of hockey so we all can be happy.

  8. stakex - May 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Hears an idea…. the Flyers simply out played him? Just because he didn’t have a very good series doesn’t mean there is something wrong with him. Just look at Malkin. He was fine, but was a no show for most of the time.

    Side Note: I know both still had 8 points, but considering how high scoreing the series was thats actually not allot, and Crosby was a no show when the Pens needed him the most.

  9. jeffsmith123 - May 3, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    It’s amazing how much hatred fills the minds of Philly fans and not just the hockey fans.

    • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Seriously? Where did that one come from. We’re just trying to root for our team and not tryin to take the bogus flak like you’re spewin along the way. Our team outplayed and outCLASSED those others last round, Sydney played like a spoiled brat, and yet here we are two weeks later and the excuses are already flowing!

      • jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 2:15 PM

        crosby isnt making excuses. gary roberts, a former teammate and a trainer who he has worked with made his own observation.

      • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Tell him to shut his mouth. The series is over!

      • jpelle82 - May 3, 2012 at 4:54 PM

        he knows the series is over, thats why he used the past tense in his commentary. i’ll tell him for you though since he and i are best friends and we talk all the time.

  10. mclovinhockey - May 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Anyone who compares Crosby to number 99 needs to never watch this sport again. Crosby was over 300 points behind Wayne’s pace before he got injured. Not a very close match. Maybe Sid and AO combined vs the great one would be more of a matchup.

    • steelhammer92 - May 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      LOL you cannot stats from now to the 1980s… SOOO much has changed in terms of rules, skill level, and the way the game is played.. More than any major sport by far.

  11. spavs412 - May 3, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    People always gotta hate on Sid. You could easily see his conditioning wasn’t 100% and he’s still a ppg guy why all the hate

  12. eaglesfan723 - May 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    How long are we seriously going to have to hear all the excuses on why a Penguins player didn’t play up to their potential or why they took an early exit out of the playoffs? They lost, they got beat. Suck it up, shut up and wait for next year.

  13. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    you’re right, lemieux is the great one and soup can sid is the second coming. and when refs don’t call offsides on goals and kick you’re centers out of the faceoffs for the hell of it everytime you’re probably going to lose. and whoever said were bandwagon pens fans you can exit the city of champions asap and go blow filthadelphia you dirty commie. you know nothing about hockey so go breast feed off you’re whore of a mother. SOUP CAN ARMY 1975

    • crashtheboards55 - May 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Make that two morons from the “city of champions” you and genopringles need to get those nuts off your chins and get real jobs. and learn the game of hockey. and quit crying. and quit making excuses. and get out of your moms basements. and learn hockey. and quit crying. and quit crying again.

      • sweezz - May 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

        I’m pretty sure this guy, Geno, HarntellHasHerpes, and BobhPine are all the same guy broadcasting his hate from his mothers basement.

      • crashtheboards55 - May 3, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        Hey sweezz. I am not anywhere close to being either one of the idiots (genowhatever and soupcan). I am a devoted Pens fan that doesnt make excuses when they lose or ridiculous comments that make no sense whatsoever. These two are just delusional dumb$hits who have no concept of what a woman is or what reality is like.

  14. broadstbully33 - May 3, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    all those late night pillow fights with malkin and fluery sure hurt too….his vagina is still sore….on a side note pity fans welcome back from hiding in your holes during the series…..hahahahahaha bandwagon city

  15. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    gretzky can’t hold lemieuxs jock strap. you filthi fans haven’t had anything good happen to you since lindros got knocked out of the game. now you think this sub par person called girioux is you’re savior… haha it makes the city of champs giggle. 1975 was a long time ago boys. you better think twice before you talk about the franchise in a nasty fashion. were tough customers. soup can army!

  16. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    the word CLASS doesn’t exist in the smog filled disgusting city of filthadelphia. not only is the hockey team dirty, classless and a bunch of cheats, you’re fans are too. you’re a bunch of brainless retards.. ie – at the winter classic when 4 random filthi fans beat up 1 rangers fan for no reason.. typical filthi I get that but the best part was one of you brainless tards that did it admitted it on facebook. lol I love it. stay classy filthi

    • sweezz - May 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      Yeah those 4 guys make up the entire philadelphia fan base. Secondly, you have no just cause to point the finger and call anyone classless. Sour grapes, name calling, and sore losing takes away any “class” you may think you have over Philadelphia fans.

      What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul

    • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      He had it coming. He jumped em in line at the cheeseteak place

  17. rsl22 - May 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    I’m not a Flyers fan, nor a Pens fan….when 5’10, 165lb Claude Giroux buried Sid off the opening faceoff and then scored 30 seconds into the game, I thought that was pretty telling.

    Jokes aside, Crosby isn’t there right now in terms of toughness.

  18. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    That was a dirty hit, he targeted Soupcans almighty head. Should have been a pp for the pens. Refs handed the series to Filthy. The Soupcan will be back. Giroux aka mr mediocre, is a cheapshoting scrub. The NHL needs to take out the trash

    • tfoz5150 - May 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Crybabies. That guy Neal was a toothless bum takin cheapshots every chance he could

  19. GenoPringles - May 3, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Speaking of 1975, did you know that Danny Bonaduce is from Filthy? Breathing in that smog must turn people into premature ejaculating ginger scum… Soupcan Army 8==D–FFilthy

    • sweezz - May 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      I bet this guy smiled real big after he wrote this, leaned back in his chair, and claped his hands together and yelled “I got em this time!”

      Good work buddy.

  20. couturierfellatesguys - May 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    sweez your team has been sour grapes and sore losers since 1975. we all know how filthadelphia fans are, everyone in the world knows about you scum bags

  21. trinityeagle - May 3, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Hey Pittsburgh,

    You lost to Tebow. Now shut up and move on.
    Sidney Crosby is a dirty player. Watch the replays.
    No one in today’s NHL compares to Gretzky or Super Mario.

    • sabatimus - May 4, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      That’s like 15 or 20 or even 30 years ago, smart guy.

  22. paysattention - May 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Anyone else remember when thet Pens couldn’t give away tickets to their games and nearly moved to a different city? Now with two of the three biggest stars in the league I heard they even sell out every once in a while. Have patience folks, Pittsbug will be out of the NHL altogether within this decade.

  23. thehighcountrybear - May 3, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Way to call it Sherlock…? Interpol, the FBI, the CIA and the Republican’s ‘find some dirt on Obama committee’ are all scrambling to get Gary and his remarkable capacity for insight on board…still jockeying for work in television, wot?

  24. sabatimus - May 4, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Oh surprise freaking surprise.

  25. bbk1000 - May 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Always an excuse from this little tart….

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