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Crosby is grateful for longer Holiday break

Dec 24, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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The 82-game NHL campaign is always a grind, but it’s particularly challenging this season because the NHL has condensed the schedule to accommodate for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics.

Fortunately, the new CBA has given the players a bit longer of a mandatory breather. This year they’re taking three straight days off rather than the old policy that afforded them two days of rest. That might not sound like a big change, but it makes a difference.

“When you talk about guys going home or [wherever], that’s one whole day where you don’t have to travel and you get to rest,” Penguins star Sidney Crosby explained to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Before, you had two days, but you were traveling for one, pretty much. It’s nice to get that extra day, especially this time of year. I think we can all appreciate that and be with our families.”

The change has to be particularly welcome for teams dealing with a full sickbay, like the Penguins. Pascal Dupuis joined the long list of hurt Penguins last night when he collided into Crosby during their 5-0 loss to Ottawa.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Dec 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Injuries aside I’m very sure all teams are glad to have the extra day off

  2. blomfeld - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    THANK YOU MISTER BETTMAN !!!

    Though it’s unlikely you’ll hear that refrain publicly, it’s nonetheless a given that that’s a sentiment being shared right now by ‘grateful’ players throughout the entire league, from sea to shining sea ! And so good on Crosby, the game’s very ‘best’ player for saying as much. On behalf of LA Kings Nation, I comrade Blomfeld wish Gary & crew a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2014 !!! :)

    THANK YOU MISTER BETTMAN !!!

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 24, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      You’re the Mahn! Merry Christmas my SoCal buddy and thanks for all your great videos. Peace on Earth but keep hockey a rough sport.

      • blomfeld - Dec 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        “but keep hockey a rough sport” ? …

        Don’t worry comrade Johnson, as we Kings have got that one covered … ‘big’ time ! :) Merry Christmas friend, God speed and happy 2014 to you !

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. cspsrbums - Dec 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Who Cares what Crisby thinks and all teams have injured players PHT and NBC you are embarrassing get off PIts. And Crosby nut it’s sickening . Why did you ask St. Louis and Tampa or another team how they felt Clowns

    • killerpgh - Dec 26, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      You do understand that Ryan Dadoun (the guy who wrote this for PHT) didn’t actually ask Crosby any questions, right? The story started from the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE (a new paper in the Penguins home town). I’m guessing the post-gazette didn’t have access to the Blues or Lightning at the time or simple that Crosby’s answer would sell more papers/website hits for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  4. upyoursnfu - Dec 26, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    So that’s what its like being able to write at only a 2nd grade level. They do have these things called periods and commas. Try using them sometime.

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