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Report: Crosby unlikely to accept Spengler Cup invite

Dec 13, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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The list of talented Spengler Cup invites continues to grow, but Sidney Crosby is likely to pass on the event, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Crosby would have played for Team Canada if he accepted the offer.

Garrioch doesn’t explain why Crosby rejected the opportunity, but one might justify his choice for the same reasons he hasn’t committed overseas yet: insurance worries and the ongoing CBA negotiations.

The 2012 Spengler Cup takes place from Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland. Along with Canada, the competition features host club Davos, Germany’s Adler Mannheim, Swizterland’s Fribourg-Gotteron, the Czech Republic’s Vitkovice Steel and Russia’s Salavat Yulaev Ufa.

Risking injury in such a small window of games probably isn’t a particularly enticing proposition for Crosby, but on the other hand, the Pittsburgh Penguins star must be itching to play.

He was limited to just 22 regular season and six playoff games in 2011-12, after all, with his last bit of NHL competition coming when his Penguins were eliminated from the 2012 playoffs on April 22.

Crosby isn’t the only prominent NHL player who received a call; The Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston reports that Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares, Matt Duchene, Brooks Laich are among those who have also been approached so far.

  1. northstars17 - Dec 14, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    I thought he “just wanted to play”?

    or is it because he demands 1 billion dollars?

  2. murtdurt - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:13 AM

    Que to the haters. It’s funny when people bring money into it. As if he needs it. Like he couldn’t retire with more money

  3. murtdurt - Dec 14, 2012 at 4:18 AM

    His rebook deal alone would retire 99% of commenters on this site not including his Gatorade, Tim hortons and bell contracts. But what a baby, he needs the 100 million deal from the billionaire pens owner to cover insurance costs….riiiiiight

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Actually he needs 8.7 million a year because he is in his prime and the NHLPA would raise hell if he didn’t take what they thing is reasonable market value.

      And by the way from a legal standpoint it’s the team that he would be playing in Europe that is required to pay his insurance not him.

  4. broadstbully33 - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Sounds like he is scared of his own shadow. How pathetic

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Or Crosby thinks if the Spengler cup lasts two weeks, and the season starts up in the middle of those two weeks, he’ll need to leave that team to come play in the NHL.

      Considering how much time he has spent in the meeting of these CBA negotiations his desire wold seem to be to lace up his skates in the NHL

    • mrchainbluelightning - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      It’s comments like this that lead you to having no credibility whatsoever.

      All the people who rush to hate Crosby are no different than a spurned ex girlfriend.

      So congrats you willingly choose to sound like a lil girl.

      OH NOES NOT THE SPENGLER CUP!!!

      Plenty of Canadians couldn’t give a damn about the Spengler Cup and that’s saying something.

  5. bcjim - Dec 14, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Better headline …Crosby, like 100% of pht readers, has never heard of the “Spengler cup”.

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      Hahahahahahaha……..couldn’t have said it better!

  6. hotloinsofsid - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    this man deserves a billion dollars for just waking up in the morning and being so great. be jealous of the franchise and all of his girth

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      I’m more jealous of all the time you seem to have to create fake names and post meaningless stuff on here.

  7. ducksk - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    It would be like me going back to pee wee’s. I should do it for god and country? Stay home Sid.

  8. ducksk - Dec 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    U talking to me? Roll tide maybe gone!!!!😄

  9. dprouse - Dec 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Unless he has changed his mind, Spezza has already said that he is in. He’s in Switzerland already, and told Ottawa media that he would play the Spengler Cup, then come home, regardless of the labour situation. This of course is barring a settlement in the next 10 days, which sounds remote to say the least…

  10. mrchainbluelightning - Dec 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Canada’s roster last year

    Goaltenders
    1 Nolan Schaefer Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
    29 Jake Allen Peoria (AHL)

    Defense
    3 Mark Hartigan Rapperswil-Jona (SUI)
    7 Ryan Parent Chicago (AHL)
    8 Joel Kwiatkowski Bern (SUI)
    21 Cory Murphy ZSC Zurich Lions (SUI)
    26 Maxim Noreau Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
    27 Jordan Hendry HC Lugano (SUI)
    43 Derrick Walser Rapperswil-Jona (SUI)
    44 Shawn Heins Fribourg-Gotteron (SUI)
    77 Travis Roche SC Bern (SUI)

    Forwards
    4 Joël Perrault Ambri-Piotta (SUI)
    9 Byron Ritchie SC Bern (SUI)
    10 Pascal Pelletier SCL Tigers (SUI)
    15 Brett McLean Rockford (AHL)
    17 Kurtis McLean SCL Tigers (SUI)
    18 Jeremy Williams Salzburg EC (AUT)
    19 Stacy Roest Rapperswil-Jona (SUI)
    23 Rico Fata HC Geneve Servette (SUI)
    24 J.P. Vigier SC Bern (SUI)
    38 Éric Beaudoin EHC Biel (SUI)
    50 Glen Metropolit EV Zug (SUI)
    55 Brandon Reid Rapperswil-Jona (SUI)
    61 Blaine Down ZSC Zurich Lions (SUI)

    But don’t let that stop you bitter ex-girlfriends from crying about Crosby or anybody else from playing in this old and still meaningless invitational.

  11. blomfeld - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Even if Crosby wanted to go, which he doesn’t, the fact remains that the “money” would never allow it … never in a million years !

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