With lockout looming, Penguins' Crosby skates
Sidney Crosby, free of concussion symptoms for eight months, wants nothing more than for the NHL season to begin as scheduled.
Concussions have prevented him from playing large chunks of the past two seasons, and he doesn't want a third straight campaign in the prime of his career interrupted by a work stoppage.
“There's no doubt,” said Crosby, who joined teammates for an informal practice at Southpointe on Tuesday. “I know there are other guys who have battled through injuries and want to play, too. Hopefully, in a couple of more weeks, we aren't talking about (labor) stuff anymore. I want to be playing hockey.”
The NHL's collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15 and Crosby, 25, will be one of hundreds of players in New York on Wednesday and Thursday for NHLPA meetings.
Crosby admitted that playing overseas is a possibility for him if NHL owners lock out the players for a significant period. Rumors that he has already discussed this with a European team, however, are false.
“I haven't agreed to anything, but (playing in Europe is) something to think about,” Crosby said. “Nothing specific, nothing set in stone. Depending on how long it (a lockout) would go. … I want to play hockey this year. But there is no set plan, if by a certain date, we're not playing. Nothing like that at all. I'm just going to wait and see what happens.”
Skating with teammates for the first time since being eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by Philadelphia, Crosby looked to be in terrific condition and pronounced himself 100 percent healthy.
Unlike last summer, Crosby was healthy during this offseason and has been working out in Canada and Los Angeles. He skated this summer with as many as 20 NHL players at the Los Angeles Kings practice facility.
“It's been great,” Crosby said. “I've really been happy with getting a full summer of being able to push myself off the ice.”
Crosby, who appears to have added muscle in the offseason, said he believes general manager Ray Shero did a good job this summer and that, along with his own desire to return for an entire season, the Penguins are a motivated bunch.
“I think we're pretty hungry after what happened last year,” he said. “I'm ready to go.”
Josh Yohe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 412-664-9161, Ext. 1975.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins centermen enjoying better faceoff success rate this season
- Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
- Penguins lose hard-fought game to Blue Jackets in overtime
- Penguins notebook: Players prepared for tough schedule in minors
- Penguins 4th line is showing promise
- Penguins co-owner Lemieux snuffs rumored rift with Crosby
- Penguins notebook: Dupuis’ intangibles provide 1st-line value
- Penguins’ Malkin is shining as game grows on both ends of ice
- Hard-hitting Penguins veteran winger Kunitz is last of a dying breed
- Starkey: Farewell to NHL fighting
- Penguins’ Perron returning to form