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“There hasn’t been a ton of optimism with what’s gone on,” says Crosby

Oct 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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When it comes to the labor situation between the owners and players, Sidney Crosby is seeing his faith tested that things will work out.

But in an interview with TSN, Crosby says he’s still hopeful a deal can be reached.

“All you can really do is sit and wait and hope someone gets a great idea or they get some really positive dialogue,” he said.

Crosby added, “There hasn’t been a ton of optimism with what’s gone on so I think you expect things like that to happen when there’s no progress. As a player you just try to stay informed. You still have to get ready as if next week something’s going to happen.”

Perhaps the “great idea” he’s talking about was brought up in yesterday’s surprise meeting between the two sides in Toronto.

As far as him going overseas to play, his agent Pat Brisson has said it’s something to consider later on but Crosby tells TSN the lack of positive talk is making guys head over now.

“I think you’re seeing now more and more guys go over so whether that’s because they’re not too optimistic that it’s going to [end] any time soon or they’re tired of waiting, whatever the case is, it’s starting to happen more.”

  1. matthews4 - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Of course she is not optimistic, no little girl likes to see her daddy get beat up.

  2. id4joey - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    matthews4, maybe you should take off your skirt and show your balls, if you have any…

  3. bleedingteal4life - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Why do you want to see his balls?

  4. blomfeld - Oct 6, 2012 at 4:36 PM


    The guy doesn’t have a clue as to what’s going on … and even if he did, he wouldn’t tell you one way or the other.

  5. matthews4 - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Yeah I’m the one with the skirt. Wasn’t it just last year on this site after Torts comments about crybaby, that i got blasted for saying i had seen him and Fario both play and all they do is cry during tv time outs and behind the play. I got told by the poop can army how wrong i was, and just because i said it it must be true. Then the playoffs came, and crybaby forever more earned his rep. No matter what happens for the rest of his career people who watched that Philly series know he cried like 3 year old in the sandbox who got his favorite toy taken away. I’m actually surprised he commented because it’s an uncomfortable situation and he “Doesn’t have to answer that”, of course that’s because girls just want to have fun right Sid.

  6. ducksk - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Sid has more talent in his little finger than you jealous Sid haters have in collective IQ’s. Your constant jealousy is sickening. Go f yourselves.

    • blomfeld - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      Actually, he might not be as good as they say ?

      After playing in the NHL for seven years now, Crosby has only scored 223 goals, he’s only reached the 50 goal plateau once and “every” single LA King has won as many Stanley Cup Championships as he has ! So I’m not so sure that you should be popping off about others being “jealous” over your hero ? If anything, I actually kind of feel empathy for you people. With his new deal, you’re now tied to this guy for the next 12 years, whether you like it or not. Yet that contract could have been for 12,000 years and it still wouldn’t make a difference, given the fact that the odds of him just making it through the next season “intact” are probably 50/50 at best ?

      • crosberries - Oct 6, 2012 at 8:04 PM

        It sickens me how stupid some hockey fans can be

      • nonmoron - Oct 8, 2012 at 12:27 PM

        Have you ever figured out how many games that he played in to achieve the amount of goals that he has? Maybe your math skills are the result of your caveman mentality. At least Crosby was smart enough to stay out of the game until he was healthy. Something Eric Lindros didn’t do and look where it got him.

  7. antkowiak666 - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    he isn’t going over to EU even if they cancel the entire season.he’s just a lil B!@#$!!

  8. ducksk - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    I bet your the kind of dad who screams from the stands at refs during your kids soccer games. You probably never played any game to be man enough to appreciate great talent, you were always just jealous. Looser. Go hug your fat ugly wives.

    • blomfeld - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      there’s no question about him being good … it’s more a question that he may not be “that” good ? … that’s all people are saying …

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:41 PM

        Let’s see. Crosby is playing in a more defensive era than Gretzky and Lemieux played in, but despite injuries, in each of his 4 complete seasons (more than 55 games) he had 100+ points. Averaging well over a point per game in his career, 609 pts, in 434 games; and 90 pts in 68 playoff games. In a league where 28 teams watch the Stanley Cup Finals on TV, in his 5 seasons in the playoffs he’s been to two Finals and won one of them (Hall of Famers Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner and Jean Ratelle would love to have that many). Golden Goal in Olympics. No doubt his detractors’ favorite teams currently have several players with better career resumes (or perhaps not). Also, I’m puzzled by the apparent gender confusion of some of his detractors, but I’m sure Sid is quite comfortable in his own masculinity. LOL.

  9. matthews4 - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    The argument is officially over when you can’t refute any of the facts and you ave to resort to name calling, and some sort of delusional aspect of people’s lives when you don’t even know them. Grow up. Talent he does have, not jealous at all, saddened by his lack of integrity however. BTW not married so yeah…………….

  10. ducksk - Oct 6, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Then go hug your fat ugly partner and be jealous of my hot wife.

  11. matthews4 - Oct 6, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    So sure

  12. bru308 - Oct 6, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Jesus, the guy averaged 2 points per game last year and some of you morons are questioning how good he is… Either you’re blind or you’re insanely jealous. You don’t have to like him, but try not to sound like an idiot while doing so.

    • blomfeld - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      Are you talking to me ?

      Unlike Ovechkin who is “the” definitive goofball, Crosby in my opinion is a very good player on the ice and he appears to be a decent person off the ice as well. My only real knock on the guy is that he comes across as being too “contrived and calculating” in interviews. As for him living up to his billing as the “Next One” ? … well friend, another Wayne Gretzky he is not ! In fact, he’s not even close to having the same impact on the game the way 99 did back in the eighties. Actual “rules of the game” had to be changed because of Gretzky ! The same cannot be said about Crosby.

  13. ducksk - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Maybe the most intelligent thing you wrote. There will never be another great one. The scrutiny and pressure this kid has been under since he was 18 of course he is careful with what he says. Like it or not he is the best hockey player in the world. He is not my hero, but he represents professional athletics well, something rare these days. Too bad he is not on your team. If you ask the guys who coach him and play with him, your words may mean something. Back to square 1 Sid bashers, you act like jealous children.

  14. id4joey - Oct 6, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    Anybody with the slightest of hockey intelligence would not dare compare Crosby or any other player to Gretzky. Doing so is idiotic to say the least. One can certainly think and say Crosby is the greatest of his era, which is of course debatable. But, comparing him to Gretzky………. Wow! Blomfeld, I appreciate your insight although skewed by your love for the Kings (1 SC since 1967), but using Gretz as the measuring stick for Crosby is far-fetched.

    • blomfeld - Oct 7, 2012 at 1:18 AM

      Ducksk, Id4joey and other assorted friends …

      It’s funny as I’ve just finished watching an LA Kings “Silver Anniversary” DVD from 1992 and of course the Gretzky years are front & center, just as they should be. Nonetheless, the Kings’ best ever year “points-wise” was 74-75, when they gave the high-octane “Flying Frenchmen” a run for their money all season long, by finishing 2nd in the Norris Division that year with 105 points ! That was just one year after I fell in love with the team and that seasonal point total remains the Kings’s “best ever” to date ! :)

      Now as far as Crosby is concerned, of course it can be argued that he’s the “best” there is at the present. Nonetheless, that still doesn’t make him out to be the “Next One” as his pre-NHL billing would have had us believe. He’s very good no doubt, but after 7 years in the league with only 223 goals scored, he’s essentially nothing more than a 10 million dollar “30 goal” scorer … do you not agree ?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Oct 7, 2012 at 3:34 AM

        “essentially nothing more than a 10 million dollar 30 goal scorer” is beyond stupid

  15. capsfan19 - Oct 7, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Dan boyle people, greatest player bar none. (hope you had a good chuckle)

  16. id4joey - Oct 7, 2012 at 5:57 AM

    blomfeld, remind us who won the cup in 75.

    • blomfeld - Oct 8, 2012 at 3:52 AM

      Organized Crime ! … aka the Philadelphia Flyers

  17. bdawk20 - Oct 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Crosby doesn’t feel optimistic about labor progress, but deal signed within the week #pulledacrosby

  18. Doesnotmatter - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    “a great idea” you say? How about calling Mario and telling him to kick Bettman and Daly in the groin?

  19. joewilliesshnoz - Oct 7, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    As for having Sid for 12 more seasons, thank Friggin God.

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