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Crosby on lockout: “Don’t want to think about it. I just want to play.”

Sep 11, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

We haven’t heard much from Sidney Crosby in this awkward, labor talk-filled offseason but if you want to talk lockout with him you’ll be left disappointed.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review caught up with the Penguins captain at an informal team skate today and when asked about a potential work stoppage, he made his opinion clear.

“Don’t even want to think about it,” Crosby said. “I want to play.”

Crosby tells Yohe that he is considering playing in Europe should a lockout eat up the season but makes it clear, “nothing is set in stone.”

If you missed it, Evgeni Malkin said Crosby might consider playing in Russia if there’s a lockout. Yes, Crosby meets the KHL’s requirements to play there.

Obviously if labor talks go that poorly so a lockout starts to dig deep into what the NHL season would be, players are going to have to make their money somehow. Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, says playing in Europe is an option for his client.

  1. mclovinhockey - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    So if there is a lockout, which team will you cheer for?

  2. blueswincup - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    I don’t want to think about it either but that won’t stop these idiot owners from dragging this great game through the mud again. I grudgingly accepted the last lockout a few years ago because I thought the game was in big financial trouble. I thought, “ok, fix the game and then we won’t have to go through this BS for at decades.”

    I will not accept another lost season or any lost games this time. Take it to the bank. If ONE game is missed due to all this foolishness, I won’t be attending any games at all this season.

  3. jmebro - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Boycott the NHL!

  4. acieu - Sep 11, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    No lockouts in the USHL and the ticket prices are affordable.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Too bad the USHL’s teams are sporadic and spread out. That’s some good hockey.

  5. bryjord - Sep 11, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    This will be the end of the NHL, a good portion of the teams will not be able to survive if there is a lock out and they lose even more fan support.

    Bettman will have killed off an entire league, and hockey will slip below soccer in America

    • tealwithit - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM

      Oh calm down. This isn’t going to be the end of the NHL.

  6. phillyphan83 - Sep 11, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Reporter: So sid, comment on the looming lockout?
    Crosby: *fingers in ears* la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la,la

    grow up crosby, answer the question, you’re an adult and SUPPOSED to be a professional

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      Typical Philadelphia!

  7. aventador12 - Sep 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    – What “bryjord” said…! I totally agree.

  8. csilojohnson - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    phillyphan you are an idiot.

  9. rpiotr01 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Wow, now that’s leadership! Big issue confronting you and your colleagues? Wake me up when it’s over.

    “Q: Mr. Lincoln, what do you think about the South and the Slaves?

    A: Don’t want to think about it.”

    “Q: Mr. Churchill, what do you think about the Germans and their rockets?

    A: Don’t want to think about it.”

    “Q: Mr. Olympic Committee Chairman, what do you think about the anniversary of the Munich massacre?

    A: Don’t want to think about it.”

    Whoops, sorry, that last one was real.

  10. vibes98 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Yeah Philly, didn’t you beat up Crosby enough during last years playoffs?

  11. broadstbully33 - Sep 12, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    you can never beat cindy up enough…

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      a stanley cup, gold medal, rocket richard, hart, ted lindsey, art ross. All that and the same age as giroux who has…….a ea sports cover. Yea im REAL upset he pulled a “no comment” on the lockout.

      • kitshky - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Ya, but he called him a girl. You must have missed that, Crosby / Cindy … get it?

  12. phillyphan83 - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    I’ve never said giroux is better than Sid, but he’s close. However, the reason I’d rather have G is simple, he plays the game like a man, not a whiny, crybaby little b¡tch

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      “Whaaa Crosby broke my wrists” ring a bell? Hint that was giroux. Watch the end of game 5 how giroux acted after losing. Time to get off your high horse.

      • chizmo - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM


        Crosby has never showed up at a nickelback concert with a t-shirt cannon. also he’s not a soulless ginger!

  13. vasteelerfan - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    @Phillyfan83 Whoa give Sid a break! I realize Sid lives rent free in your mind, but it’s a question all players are tired of? By the way does the 83 represent the last time you won the cup or your IQ or both?

  14. phranksta - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Great piece…. Seriously though Cindy herself admitted to swinging her stick around, slashing Giroux in the hands multiple times (no penalty of course).. What’s wrong with stating the obvious? Giroux will get his awards and cup.. It baffles me how Pittsburgh fans pretend to not understand why everyone around the league and their fans dislike Crosby. I know you people have only been around a few yeas but, come on.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

      takes a real man to sit behind a computer and call one of the best players in todays generation a girl. The maturity of flyer fans never ceases to amaze me. Please find me the quote where he said this o wise one.

    • phil5111 - Sep 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

      It is called jealousy. We understand completely.

  15. broadstbully33 - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Crosby is a girl.

  16. phranksta - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    “I know that’s probably the most hacks I’ve given out personally in a long time. So they seem to bring out the worst in me, too.” – Sidney Crosby

    Seriously it’s a joke.. You’re sensitivity amazes me. Every fan base besides Pittsburgh has accused Crosby of whining, being a cheap shot artist, not displaying toughness hockey fans love, diving, etc. Let’s not pretend at least some of this isn’t warranted. Anyway, at least we both can agree on one thing, no lockout.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      Did he used to dive and complain to refs yes. Has he done it recently. No. Hes been in more fights then giroux and has played through some pretty tough injuries early on in his career. When i think of diving i think of brayden schenn. When i think of dirty i think of chris pronger. When i think of whining i think of all the fans who love to hate on crosby. You always hate the winners which is why my feelings are just neutral on giroux.

      • chizmo - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

        funny how all the people who don’t have Sid on their team constantly complain about his whining and diving. seems like a coincidence?

        the Pens are hated because they are good, marketable, and get so much media attention. it’s okay to be jealous, even to comment, but don’t get upset when you get some of the trash talk thrown back at you.

        no lockout plz

    • chizmo - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      not to mention that quote was taken from during the playoff series and had no reference to Claude. if I’m not mistaken Giroux didn’t really complain about slashing from Crosby in particular until well after the series was over.

      how does that prove your point again?

    • kitshky - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      I think it’s far more reasonable for a fanbase to stand up for their star … than a fanbase to not even be able to read his name or hear a comment he makes without hurling the same tired insults at him.

  17. phranksta - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    Brayden Schenn diver? Can you provide one example of him diving? A real dive, like a good ol Kris Letang dive. Weird because when think dirty I think of Matt Cooke.. You know the guy who’s regularly regarded as the dirtiest player in the league. Crosby fights eh? Like when he jumped a 175 lb Brett Maclean off the face off? When he punch a player in the groin while Letang held him down? When he fought Giroux after clearly waiting for the linesman to jump in (then refused to go with players his size like Simmonds or Schenn)?

    Again, everyone hates Crosby outside of Pittsburgh for these reasons. Fans, journalist, opponents, and coaches have all come out about. You don’t see the same backlash against Stamkos, Datsyuk, Ovechkin, Toews, Giroux, or any other superstar.. Why is that? Again I know you guys are relatively new to this hockey stuff but don’t be delusional..

    Unfortunately Nickleback has a contract with the NHL..

  18. phranksta - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Chrizmo, first that quote was made after their April, 1 meeting.. Secondly, your claim that people think this way because they’re jealous is just delusional. There are several NHL franchises just as successful, some having superstars, and they don’t get the sane criticism. The Pens were easily bounced in the first round.. I’m not jealous of that.

  19. phranksta - Sep 12, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    And to respond to your childish “Voracek glove” incident.. Nothing was more immature than Sid’s comments about it after the game. He sounded like a 12 year old.. Just another example of why people, from every fan-base, dislike him.

  20. bear2455 - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    phranksta, You keep making referance to Pittsburgh fans being new to “This hockey stuff.” Both teams came into the league in the same year (1967). Do I think Sid whines? Of course I do. Did I think Gretzky whined? Of course I did. Did Donovan McNabb whine? Of course he did. The point is almost all the great players in all sports. We need to be thankful that none of them where Tennis or Soccor players. Giroux and Sid are both great players but both do their own share of whining. It’s the way of most superstar athletes. Let’s agree this is about the lockout and I think we agree that we all hate the idea of another. we can settle the whining disputes by beating each other during the season and playoffs.

  21. phillyphannn83 - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    yeah were REEAAALLLL jealous of a team we KNOCKED OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS!!!

    and the comment about G’s wrists…look it up, he had to have BOTH of them surgically repaired after the season. You can’t call it whining when the guy you’re play in against BROKE of your wrists with illegal hacks that HE ADMITTED TO!!

    Wow, you Pens fans are truely a sorry bunch.

    • sportsfreak13 - Sep 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      The pens knocked the flyers out too. The only difference is when they did it they actually finished their objective (winning the cup). So to quote the famous words of max talbot “shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. Also back when you guys did win cups in 1975 with the broadstreet bullies the whole slashing incident would of been the mildest thing out there.

      Wow, you Flyer fans are truely a sorry delusional bunch.

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