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Sidney Crosby: Voice of the lockout?

Nov 18, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

Something we’ve learned through past labor negotiations is that often times you won’t see the game’s biggest stars say or do much while things get figured out. From what we’ve seen and heard from Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby, that hasn’t been the case.

He’s been front and center with Donald Fehr at many meetings and lately he’s been more open about speaking his mind on the lack of progress in talks.

As he tells Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, he’s still trying to figure out where everyone’s head is at through all this.

“It’s been tough because you have to try and understand both sides, but on top of that I’m a player,” Crosby said. “Being all these things combined, and I’m a fan too, you have to try and weigh all that.

“I’ve really tried to understand everyone’s position. That’s why, after doing that, it’s been pretty frustrating — because I really believe this could have been an easier process.”

The only other people aside from Gary Bettman to frustrate Crosby like this are Claude Giroux and Henrik Zetterberg but at least that’s when they’re on the ice.

Seeing Crosby being more active with the players’ union is a good thing as he’s always going to be front and center with the game when it’s being played. He should have a hand in how things are figured out off the ice as well.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:42 PM


  2. eyeh8goodell - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    When Giroux lands his next large deal he can point to his new contract and say “See this? This is because of Sidney Crosby”. I love it that Crosby stays home to fight for the rights of players like Giroux. No doubt Giroux will, in reality, show no appreciation or acknowledgement. Kinda like how he tried blaming his chronic wrist problems that date back years on Crosby (also despite the fact that Crosby was over 50% on his faceoffs in that series).

    • tackledummy1505 - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      You’re an idiot, the reason why there is no hockey is because of these representatives and Sidney Crosby. I guess Crosby is one of the contributors saying they want their revenue guaranteed for the season lol. You’re a tool and you have no idea what is going on. If Giroux actually gets a contract, because the way I see it, hockey is dying slowly and it’s only a matter of time when he holds up his contract over seas and says, “Hey Crosby, thanks for the cents I have to settle for, since you and the Fehr brothers killed hockey at home, where I could’ve made 10 times more money. Thanks though for staying on the home front though.” lol

  3. pkswally024 - Nov 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Listen to this clown ^

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

      Call him what you want, there is a lot of truth in what he says.

      • eyeh8goodell - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        No there’s not. The owners are killing hockey, not Fehr or any player staying home to fight. The selfish fans such as tackledummy (an appropriate name given his punch drunk stupidity) are great with blaming the players because:

        1) requires little thought, which appears to be Tackeldummy’s strong suit, and

        2) In their eyes the lockout would be over if the players just cave and sign any deal the league wants.

      • mpg44 - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        @eyeh8goodall …. Stop talking ! You are robbing good poeple of iq points just by post such comments. Get your head out of the players ass and read a book .

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Nov 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        @eyeh8goodall……..Actually my initial comment was in support of you. However, I think the players should have settled for the 50/50 split months ago. Back in October they would have still had an 82 game season and the sport would have continued to grow past the 3.3 billion that was generated last year.

        50% of 3.5 Billion would have made them more HRR than the 57% or 65% that they are trying to squeeze out of the 60 game schedule they are hoping to play at this point…….MAYBE it generates 2 billion…….Maybe….it still won’t gross them anywhere close to the amount they could have made now or in the future with how frustrated people have gotten.

        But ok, let’s just say their pride is more important. If they would have avoided all of this nonsense their “pride” could have patted them on the back in 5 years when HRR had risen another Billion or more to close to 4.5.

        Unfortunately not all fans will continue to watch hockey. Some will tell both the players and the owners to F- off, and for good reason…..They’ve all acted like a unch of spoiled children and the Fehr is as guilty as Bettman of getting all of the children to continue to act as such.

  4. broadstbully33 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Fact-watch Crosby slash him during every face off. Crosby is not the one who will be credited with ending the lock out and no player owes him anything. And he shouldnt be. i see Parros in photos outside of meetings more than anyone. Crosby hasn’t done anything to end to end it He says a few sentences and now u want to credit him for what? Talking about it? Lol give me a break

    • killerpgh - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      I would love to see video of this “fact-watch” about Crosby slashing him on every face off. Any truth to the rumor that Giroux said his recent neck injury was Crosby’s fault?

    • mpg44 - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Can’t believe I am I’m total agreement with a flyers fans!

    • eyeh8goodell - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      That must be why Crosby won over 50% of his faceoffs in that series huh?

  5. broadstbully33 - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Sorry new I phone and I hate it

  6. blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    With all due respect …

    There’s no question about Crosby being a good guy and all. But the truth is that he does have to walk a very fine line throughout this business. As the “face and voice” of the league, Crosby cannot be either too critical or too soft in terms of his rhetoric towards Bettman and the owners. After all, once an agreement is reached and play resumes, Fehr will be long gone from the game of hockey … while Bettman and the owners are his “paymasters” who are going nowhere.

    • killerpgh - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Crosby is under contract under until 2025. I don’t think he is worried about his “paymasters” opinion.

      • blomfeld - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Your ignorant statement is as “thin” as the paper which Crosby’s contract is written on ! … sorry pal, but you’re obviously naive …

      • eyeh8goodell - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM

        Hey Blonfeld, where’s this deal you keep predicting? STFU and go sit in the corner until I tell you to get up.

  7. dlk75150 - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    He is one of the ones who made some stupid comment about the owners so what he is saying here is a lie, about seeing both sides. If the players had started negotiations last season like the NHL wanted maybe we would not be in this disaster. They were also the ones who didn’t want realignment. I don’t feel sorry for the players fehr is an IDIOT!

  8. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:53 PM


    Please note that someone has now begun posting here under the erroneous names of “blomfelb” and “Ib4joey” ! Of course these names are fake and they should in no way be confused with either “yours truly” or blomfeld. blomfeld already has a good handle on who’s behind this little caper. But for good measure, he has also asked his old friend “Stransky” to take a look into this (ie: Stransky is a physicist and an expert in forensic causation analysis) and he’s assured blomfeld that he’ll have the name of this imposter within 48 hours, with a margin for error of “plus or minus” 2.5 hours. Once this imposter has been identified, then suffice it to say that he/she will be “dealt with” quickly and ruthlessly.

    • killerpgh - Nov 18, 2012 at 2:59 PM

      Not sure what is more annoying. Seeing this same post over and over again or all the “soup can Sid army” crap from last season.

      • rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM

        Here’s something even more annoying:

        Dec. 3

    • zetaone - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      I don’t know if this is supposed to be funny, or serious. Either way, it makes you look silly.

  9. rushledger - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Proud that Sids going the extra few miles to try and end this lockout.

  10. 13datsyuk13 - Nov 18, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Nice shout out to Hank!

  11. tackledummy1505 - Nov 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    So do we give Ed Snider the thanks for pushing the owners, the NHL and NHLPA to the talking table? No lets give it to Sidney Crosby who flicking boogers across a table saying, “I want all my money this year, even though I’m only playing 60% of the year.” lol what a joke this whole thing has become and the fact still remains if the players do get the 73% HRR, then you all can kiss good-bye half the league. Then I’ll be laughing at all the cities that took the players side, yet they have no hockey team anymore, because the league can’t sustain them lol.

    • eyeh8goodell - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Literally everything that comes out of your mouth is incorrect. Close your mouth so you stop drooling when you speak, try breathing in through your nose, pick your knuckles up off the floor and don’t drag them when you lumber about.

      • rg3isvictory - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        You’re rather painful yourself. Typical homer whom can’t see straight.

  12. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Could you Ovi lovers actually see him being the front men in this conflict? Seriously no way. He can’t even be a good captain.

    • rg3isvictory - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:04 AM

      No I couldn’t see OVI participating. Truth be told I wouldn’t want him their. This stuff never makes any player look great. The unions and players look greedy and are for that matter. The NHL needs to takes notes from the NFL and do away with many of these costly terms. This sport won’t survive in the USA otherwise.

      • rg3isvictory - Nov 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM


  13. islandersfan - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    Crosby may very well be the player’s voice in this lockout, but that is not a good thing. It may be a good thing for a mature and responsible leader of the players (A Steve Yzerman type for example, if he were still playing) who is universally respected, but when has Crosby been that? The penguins were playing great hockey last year til he came back and their defense disappeared. In previous years he’s batted equipment on the ice away from opponents after a scrum, whined at refs and otherwise lived up to his “cry baby” reputation.

    Throw in the fact that the very type of contract the NHL is trying to prevent from recurring are the long term back loaded contracts – like the one he signed this summer and do you really think he has anyone’s interests at heart aside from his own?

  14. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    islandersfan, who would you suggest be the voice for the players?

  15. id4joey - Nov 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    , what is it with you guys who get bent backwards because a prediction is missed? it happens everyday on Wall St, and it’s called betting. Big deal if someone is off. Point being is that I believe there will be NHL hockey this year. When? Does it really matter that it’s on Dec 1, 2, 3 15, 31. Big deal. 94/95 season started in Jan. Are the players stupid enough to lose a year’s salary? Are the owners stupid enough to hurt the game with a second lockout in 7 years? I believe the answer is NO to both. I have no idea what they are going to talk on Monday, and frankly don’t give a crap. I’m on niether side of the table because I have no incentive to take sides. However, it’s damn obvious the owners have the upper hand here. The owners can take a financial hit much more than the players if the season were to be canceled. The value of a franchise will continue increase overtime, whereas a players value will eventually be rock bottom. Doesn’t take a f en genius to make that assessment. Surely even you can. So the owners will make up whatever they lose, but the players will not. 

  16. hockeyfan551980 - Nov 18, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Finally something Crosby can use his crying for

  17. csilojohnson - Nov 21, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Your an idiot blomfeld. Way to much free time it appears.

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