Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby Calling It Quits for the Season?
While Sidney Crosby has been participating in light exercise with his team, he still remains out of the lineup indefinitely and is still experiencing concussion-like symptoms. This doesn't bode well for the Penguins, as they have now effectively been without Crosby for pretty much a full year.
Concussions can be a tricky injury. Some players can recover quickly and return to their teams, while other players can't seem to shake their symptoms and can be out of the lineup for weeks, months or even years.
While I'm a huge Flyers fan at heart, it pains me to see a player like Sidney Crosby suffer such brutal setbacks time after time. Philadelphia fans can sympathize, as their star defenseman Chris Pronger seems to be headed on the same path as Sidney Crosby right now.
I've always called Crosby the "golden child" of the NHL, as he seems to be the guy it really markets in its commercials and ads, and rightfully so. He's one of the best players of his generation, if not all time.
Crosby returned from an 11-month absence on November 21, and seemed not to miss a beat, scoring 12 points in a short-lived eight-game return before being re-injured on December 5. Since that time, he has not practiced, and Coach Dan Bylsma says he is unsure of a return.
Today, Eklund from HockeyBuzz.com reported that Sidney Crosby may be calling it quits for the season, which most of us probably saw coming anyway. Eklund says it would be a wise move, and I couldn't agree with him more.
Do you think it would be wise to shut down Crosby for the season?
When you have a player of Crosby's caliber, you should always take every precautionary move you can. The Pittsburgh Penguins and its staff have handled Crosby's situation better than anybody else would have, and there really isn't much more they can do at this point. As long as Crosby is suffering with concussion-like symptoms, he should be on the ice at all.
With about a half a season left to play this year, it may be wise to shut Crosby down for the remainder, much like the Flyers have done with Chris Pronger. It would remove uncertainty from the locker room and allow their players to move forward with the season, even though most players probably realize by now that he's most likely not coming back this year.
There hasn't been any official word yet, but I wouldn't be shocked to hear Sidney Crosby hanging up the skates for the remainder of the season and taking some personal time to fully recover.
For the sake of hockey, let's hope that Crosby isn't done for good. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect the guy for what he's done for his team and the sport.
UPDATE: According to Sidney Crosby's agent Pat Brisson, via ESPN, the Penguins captain has no plans to shut it down for the season.
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