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Crosby hopes exhibition games take place before potential season

Jan 1, 2013, 3:43 PM EDT

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At this point, we can say with relative confidence that training camp will only last about a week if the 2012-13 campaign is saved.

That’s not a ton of time to get ready for a condensed schedule, but Crosby is hoping that teams will at least get an opportunity to play in two or three exhibition games.

“When you’re playing your team’s system against an actual opponent, not your own teammates, it’s a little different,” he said in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. “You do get something from that.

“[Whether exhibition games are played] is something that would have to be negotiated and talked through with everyone. You have to find that balance of making sure you’re ready. Do you possibly miss other games [in the regular season] because you’re not prepared?”

Of course, the level of preparedness varies from player to player. Crosby hasn’t played competitive hockey since Apr. 22 while others have been busy in the AHL or Europe during the lockout.

That might give some players and perhaps some teams an edge if there’s a shortened season.


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  1. killerpgh - Jan 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    He does have a point. 2 or 3 wouldn’t be a bad thing for most players and owners make 100% of the money from preseason games so I’m sure they wouldn’t be to against it. The sooner a deal gets made the better chance there is of the happening.

  2. dkphilly1122 - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    One of the few times I agree 100% with Crosby and the Pittsburgh fan above. Exhibition games would definitely help get teams prepared for the season and not waste regular games on basically practices. Now get this deal done so we can at least have SOME Hockey!!!!

  3. nyrnashty - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    He could of been playing in other leagues like the rest of the players. There’s no more time for exhibition games. They’ve been going on since September anyway.

    • stakex - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      I have a feeling Crosby would have been playing in Europe by now if he could, but you have to remember he comes with a HUGE extra cost to any team that signs him… insurance. Thats the problem with having a concussion prone head and a massive contract.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Yeah Sid, just what we need right now paying for a ticket to a hockey game that does not mean a thing ! Why your in my pockets leave $20 because my take home pay is gonna be a little less due to fiscal cliff and no he’s not the hot dog guy !

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      He risks his entire contract if he gets hurt though. Definitely not worth it.

  4. stakex - Jan 1, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    While I can see Crosby’s point, and I’m sure almost all players/coaches would love a few pre-seasons games…. its almost certainly not going to happen. If there was time to play 2-3 extra games, they would simply be added to the season to make it a bit longer. I could see MAYBE one pre-season game for each team during the one week training camp, but its unlikely to be more then that.

  5. antkowiak666 - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    if he wanted exibition games,he had his chance,as well as everyone else,back in Sep.!!

  6. Buford T Justice - Jan 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    It’s not going to matter cause there’s not going to be a season anyways , wake up morons and you Stakex quit trying to sound like you’re above everyone else on here with you idiotic copy and pasted theories from the HF boards . You hang onto hope like some annoying 3rd grade leach

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 1, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      It’s leech; even third graders know that.

  7. fortwaynekomets - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I got 4 letters for you guys….

    AHL & ECHL


    • zetaone - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

      3 + 4 = 7.

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