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Crosby craving competition, not scrimmaging

Sep 26, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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The last time Sidney Crosby played a hockey game, his Pittsburgh Penguins were blown out of the rink, 5-1, by their most hated rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

The loss eliminated the Stanley Cup favorite Pens from the playoffs – in the first round no less – capping a tumultuous season for Crosby in which a concussion limited him to 28 appearances, regular season and playoffs combined.

Think he wants a work stoppage to cancel the entire 2012-13 schedule?

The 25-year-old Penguins captain spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Tuesday and expressed his desire for something more than just scrimmaging with locked-out teammates.

“You enjoy playing, but I think competing is what you play for,” Crosby said.

But at the moment, the best competition is overseas. And while a number of stars have hooked up with European clubs, most of the players in leagues like the KHL and SEL aren’t NHL caliber. Is that the sort of competition that would satisfy Crosby? That’s debatable.

At any rate, Crosby has no immediate plans to go overseas and remains hopeful the lockout will end before the NHL season has to be scrubbed.

“I don’t see it going that long, but there hasn’t been a lot of progress the past couple weeks,” he said. “We’ve kind of been at a standstill. Hopefully, it’s one or two meetings away, and everything starts rolling.”

In the meantime, it’s worth wondering whether Crosby could or would use his star status to push the NHLPA to make a deal.

  1. chrisvegas - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    I wonder how Pen fans will feel if he goes overseas and gets another concussion all because we are in a lockout. Not that I want that to happen. I never would wish that injury on anyone.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Sep 26, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    He had his chance to compete last year in the playoffs against the FLYERS,,,, but chose not too !

  3. csilojohnson - Sep 26, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Get it done!

  4. phillyphannn83 - Sep 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    ” The last time Sidney Crosby played a hockey game, his Pittsburgh Penguins were blown out of the rink, 5-1, by their most hated rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.”

    That line brings me unimaginable joy! :)

    “The loss eliminated the Stanley Cup favorite Pens from the playoffs – in the first round no less – capping a tumultuous season for Crosby in which a concussion limited him to 28 appearances, regular season and playoffs combined.”

    Don’t tell that to a Pens fan, they’ll swear it was a neck injury and then proceed to tell you how bad of a hockey fan you are, how stupid you are, how Sid is God’s gift to the Earth and you’re a devil-worshipping infidel for speaking badly of him as if they’re Muslim and he’s Mohammed. “How dare you speak of Sid Greatness that way!” Be careful JB, they may put a curse on all your houses!

    • chizmo - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

      ” The last time Sidney Crosby played a hockey game, his Pittsburgh Penguins were blown out of the rink, 5-1, by their most hated rival, the Philadelphia Flyers, who did not make it out of the second round to the dissappointment of their Stanley Cup-starved fanbase.”

      Fixed.

      You picked 2 quotes that weren’t at all the point of the article and proceed to liken Penguins fans to militant Muslims? Not sure how the second quote would even be a bad thing considering it is simply stating the truth about his season last year.

      On the topic of Sid playing overseas, I highly doubt that he and his management team would take that step considering his concussion history. Seems like he would be content to continue to workout and be ready for a yet to be decided start date for the NHL regular season.

  5. irokkit - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Here’s what I see….
    Crosby is an unbelievably talented Hockey player. Is he the best in the world like our NHL dangles him to be? NO!!!!
    Does he have the “star power” to convince the league to play this year? NO!!!
    Crosby is a great player but he doesn’t seem to carry himself like a Larianov or an Orr or a Messier. He has a lot of maturing to do and a loooooooooooooooooooong way to go before he will influence the league and the players.
    He shpuld play in Europe. The are spfter over there. He can get game practice and increase his skill without Byfuglien coming down the wing in front of him.

    • chizmo - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Better get those eyes checked irokkit.

  6. antkowiak666 - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    “most of the players in leagues like the KHL and SEL aren’t NHL caliber”!? i beg to differ,there is alot of talent over in EU.not everyone wants to leave their home to play in the NHL.

  7. cosmoandmelovepens - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Sounds like your a little jealous irokkit and phillyphan.

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