Agent: Crosby won't skip All-Star Game
Reports out of Canada late Monday night that Penguins center Sidney Crosby might skip the NHL All-Star Game in two weeks as a form of protest are not accurate, according to his agent.
Pat Brisson told the Tribune-Review early Tuesday morning that his conversations with Crosby, who is dealing with his first concussion, have "been more to remind him to take it easy and rest, because he likes to keep busy — and with this injury he needs to rest."
Crosby, the NHL scoring leader, has not played since he was diagnosed by Penguins doctors with a mild concussion Jan. 6. The injury, Brisson believes, stems from head shots Crosby absorbed from Washington's David Steckel (Jan. 1) and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman (Jan. 5).
Neither Steckel nor Hedman were punished by the NHL, a point of contention with Crosby, who last spoke publicly Jan. 8.
The Penguins have declined to provide updates on Crosby's condition dating to last Thursday — other than coach Dan Bylsma saying Crosby is "getting better but still has symptoms" of the concussion.
Those symptoms originally included headache, neck soreness and general sickness, according to Crosby when he last spoke.
Crosby is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game to be played next weekend at Carolina.
There is precedent for him making an appearance even if injured, which was the case in 2009 for the game in Montreal. He didn't play, but attended all festivities that weekend.
There is no timetable for Crosby's return to the Penguins. He has not taken the ice since Jan. 5.
The Penguins face Detroit tonight at home, and Crosby will not play.
Though not pleased with the lack of discipline for hits Crosby absorbed, Brisson said he would never advice Crosby to skip a signature NHL event as a form of protest.
He also cited a specific reason for not bringing up the subject with his superstar client.
"The last thing you want for a player with a brain injury is to bring him more stress," Brisson said. "We've not talked about the All-Star Game even once."
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