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Crosby on lockout theatrics: “This stuff is getting ridiculous”

Dec 8, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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You know the lockout is getting to the players when Sidney Crosby is frustrated.

Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke with the Penguins captain who says he’s about fed with talks and is ready to start looking at Europe to play.

“I just want to play hockey, so as far as whatever option is best there, I’ll start thinking about it a lot more, because this stuff is getting ridiculous,” Crosby said. “All these games [not being played].”

The “games” he’s referring to, of course, center around what happened in New York City on Thursday when NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr announced the two sides actually had “complete agreement” on many things only to have NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman say moments later the league was pulling their offer off the table.

This process has exasperated Crosby. More from Molinari:

“I think I’m going to try to do what I can,” Crosby said Friday. “But after spending those three days [involved in the talks in New York], I think it’s pretty tough to kind of get guys’ trust back after that.”

We haven’t seen Sid this frustrated since Claude Giroux annoyed him in the playoffs.

  1. bigtganks - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    JUST GO ALREADY SID!!!!!!!!!!

  2. blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    THEATRICS = Crosby’s lame threats of going to Europe !

    Apart from his FBI interviews, I like Crosby and I appreciate what he means to the game today. Nonetheless, his threats of going to Europe are almost as “silly” as Ovechkin’s threats of staying in the KHL ! He’s going nowhere and he damn well knows that ! If anything, someone like Crosby and perhaps a couple of other “elites” are in all likelihood “privy” to Bettman’s planned schedule of affairs (ie: sorry OVI lovers, as your man isn’t included in this elite group). And so it’s especially ridiculous for someone like him to be sounding off about going to Europe like this. Or is it ? :)

    • killerpgh - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Wow, 6 thumbs up and 167 thumbs down. That is impressive.

      • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM

        A bit “sensitive” these Penguin fans eh ? :) Man oh man .. and that’s the reaction you get for simply stating the truth ? Truly unbelievable ! Especially when you consider that all of the “mindless” insults which are directed towards Crosby don’t garner such attention ! Well, all I can say is that these Penguins had better grow some thicker skin if they ever want to meet us Kings in future SC Finals ! :)

    • mgp1219 - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      blomfeld, go the fck away, you jackass!

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 9, 2012 at 4:01 AM

      Disagree with your comment… but great Beatles song!!!!!

    • badintent - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:14 AM

      “The Truth ? You can’t handle the Truth !! When 20,000 Cuban soldiers face our troops instead of going to a hockey game, I have to make decisions that get men killed sometimes. No hockey games… means we live in a world with no future for our children.”Judge bangs his gravel…………………….. Dramatic music played……….

  3. bricktop02 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Make sure that you put your big boy skates on when play across the pond.

  4. beerjunkie69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    OH BOO HOO SID!! So, you’re willing to work for a lot less money in Europe/Russia than take the NHL owners offer? Screw you then! You big DB!! What a “see you in tea”.

  5. sportsfan69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Go, go don’t let the door hit you in the a$$. Also, any upper body injuries that you suffer in Europe may null and void your guaranteed contract. Threads by you and PA are insulting and downright immature.

    Wayne and Mario had class, they put the game first. In this whole process, you placed your financial self interest first.

    Enough is enough….leave now and don’t look back.

    NHL owners, cancel the season on Monday and the next season for good measure.

    Also, this delay could be due to the fact that the NHLPA is not wanting to play any hockey games around Christmas and New Year’s. So the millionaire players can go and travel and party it up more. Brandon Prust and company.

    Nothing would surprise me with this gang.

  6. murtdurt - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Ha you guys are the pot calling the kettle black. You all sound like hypocrites.

  7. ironcity6pak - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    All you people keep talking trash!! Without Sid the season would be canceled already. Sid is probably one of the most influential people in this whole process. That won’t stop all of you complaining about a guy that makes all your team look silly.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      Look Silly ?

      Friend, I take it then that you’re an LA King’s fan like me ? Good times ! :) Man, did “we” ever make the entire league look silly last year or what, eh ? “Crosby Schmosby” no doubt ! The guy couldn’t even get his team to the slaughterhouse in-order for “us” to have a go at them ! Yeah, “we” had to settle for some lame “Devils Pie” for the main serving in the end ? 😦 Oh well, maybe this year he can do us the favor of serving up his “Fried Penguins” as the main course ! “We” can only hope eh ? :)

      • badintent - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:17 AM

        Pictures and Videos DO speak louder and a hell of lot more graphic than the words.Nice work.

  8. acieu - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    Sid please just go although every news writer in North America would wet their pants as they get a Column each day over your thoughts about moving to Europe. No one cares go, please go. Please leave your purse however as KHL is a little more violent than the NHL and the refs may not protect you like they do in North America.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:35 PM


      With all kidding aside, Crosby wouldn’t be there 2 weeks before he was either threatened, harmed, kidnapped or extorted. Aside from the ludicrous insurance costs, the logistics and expense of the security apparatus necessary just to safeguard the fool, would be completely over the moon ! Anyway, it’s never going to happen in a million years, as even if he was “serious” which he isn’t, his masters would never allow it.

  9. dlk75150 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Funny I thought Crosby was one of the big dogs in the meeting when fehr told thence to reject. I think they are all a bunch of liars playing the media just like politicians.

  10. dlk75150 - Dec 8, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Hope you get hurt like all the other NHL players.

  11. broadstbully33 - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    So what happen to giving him the credit for ending the lock out? Wasn’t that an article 3 days ago?

    • rockyspond - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Right on.

      Crosby was all in on having Burkle in because he could be trusted and knew how to communicate with the players. So when Burkle looked them in the eyes over the negotiating table and said THESE ARE THE 3 THINGS WE MUST HAVE IN A DEAL and if you agree we can work everything else out, why didn’t Sid say to his side “guys, he means it”. At that point there are 2 answers that would move the dialogue along. 1> Ok we agree to give you those things; 2> Ok we will give you those but in return we must get XYZ.
      The PA decided to reply “no we won’t give you those, but we will do this instead”. Anyone with an IQ above double digits should have known that the other side would stop reading the reply after the first 6 words. Crosby, if he really knew Burkle, should certainly have known that and communicated it to his associates. But in interviews afterwards Crosby acted shocked that the NHL withdrew their offer.
      I have to ask why??
      Whose fault is it that negotiations stopped??

  12. rainyday56 - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    Sid, you haven’t played much the last couple of years. So, for the last couple of years, you haven’t been much of a player. You’re probably not used to hearing that, but it is the truth.

  13. zabala81 - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    The players are being suckered by fehr

  14. cspsrbums - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I can’t stand Sid on bit but Ill give the guy some credit I truly believe he has been trying for what ever reason you think .you have got to blame the owners still they have raised the length of the CBA from 5,6, 8 and now ten tears that’s a decade every time the player agree on one position the owners change another when the players counter back to 8 years for CBA the owners take their ball and run. Sid has every right to be frustrated. Now with that said he is still a punk

  15. tackledummy1505 - Dec 8, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Coming from the guy who would sell out the little guy to keep every dime he just ripped off the Pittsburg Penguins for lol tired of hearing about Crosby. The guy is a joke, yeah he can play, but how many games will he. That’s why he’s trying to collect this CBA. Also why he’s not playing in Europe, cause he’s afraid of getting a concussion and it ending his career. Don’t know the specifics but I bet there’s something in there with him being on the ice for a matter of games

  16. samurai3939 - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Crosby is such a child. It’s a shame he is the face of the league. He doesn’t deserve the privilege. This latest whine and cheese run is just more proof.

  17. mungman69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Watch basketball.

  18. acieu - Dec 8, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Bloomfield please do not go away but stay here and torment the rabble.

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      ain’t going anywhere friend … 😉

  19. sportsfan69 - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Herr Comrade Blomfled,

    Are brutal measurements required for this CBA to be completed? The Bratva (“brotherhood”).

    • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      Comrade Sportsfan69 !

      Trust me friend … when this is all said and done, those who’ve talked the loudest here are destined to become the most quiet ! :)

      • blomfeld - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:27 PM

        sorry about that …

  20. bills4 - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Hey guys, remember what I said last week, remember, I broke the news first about Sid looking into Europe teams. That was me. Yay!!!

  21. chrisk61 - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    cyndi is M-A-D, mad ! it’s her party…she can cry if she wants to. she’s not gonna take it anymore ! she’s gonna take her dolls and leave !

  22. chrisk61 - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    wouldn’t it have been great if giroux connected on that uppercut when he fought cyndi in last yr’s playoffs ?? boom boom, out go the lights. woulda beena classic. instant immortality in philly. and cyndi could go back to shooting pucks in the dryer in the maritime.

  23. kitshky - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Holy sh*t people … I realize we’re all going a little crazy without hockey but seriously, take a f**kn breath, these comments are getting beyond ridiculous.

    • blomfeld - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:15 AM

      take a look in the mirror pal !

      • badintent - Dec 10, 2012 at 3:20 AM

        oh no ! It’s her ..again. The Terminator is back !! Run away. She’s a North Korean honey trap.

  24. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 9, 2012 at 6:47 AM

    All hail, Sid the Great !

  25. ballsohardu - Dec 9, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Crosby is such a baby. Wahhhh, wahhhh.. Go to Europe already.

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