Oh no, here we go again.
Yesterday, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation personality Cassie Campbell sent out a tweet that sent all of Pittsburgh into tizzy (well, the ones that follow Cassie Campbell on Twitter, anyways).
It read: "No Crosby at pitts morning skate...at hotel SPECULATION is he was seeing doctors...wait and see...I still have a hunch we'll c him back!"
Please, Cassie, don't tease me like that.
Obviously, if this is true, it would be huge news for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the entire dynamic of the series against Tampa would change dramatically.
Even if Sid isn't at 100 percent, isn't an 80 percent Crosby better than anyone else in the Penguins lineup right now? I would like to think so.
There are a few problems with this, though: First, Sid still has to be cleared for contact in practice, which has not happened yet. Then, he has to work through a full practice while getting hit.
Also, he has to get his timing back. Now, for a hockey freak like Sidney Crosby, this won't take very long, but it's still a factor.
Finally, haven't we all heard enough rumors for a lifetime about this kid's health?
I personally have heard the following "news items" from people who have some sort of connection (OK, not really) to Sidney Crosby's doctors:
- Crosby has a skull fracture and will never play hockey again.
- Crosby has a spinal cord injury and will never play hockey again.
- Crosby has been unable to go into the light since his second concussion and will never play hockey again.
- The Penguins know Crosby will never play hockey again but are waiting until season tickets are renewed so people still pay for them.
- Sidney Crosby was the second gunman on the grassy knoll.
You get the idea. The rumors are flying all over the place because people know it's a sexy story. Hockey fans want to see Sidney Crosby on the ice because he's the best player in the world. Plus, it would be a dramatic comeback story that everyone loves to see.
But let's take a second and breathe, here.
This story is what all the other ones are: a rumor. Sidney Crosby will come back and play hockey, but it might not be this season. Could the Penguins use him? Absolutely, but they aren't going to jeopardize his health for a playoff series.
But hey, my friend's cousin's boyfriend is a doctor, and he said that Sidney Crosby will never play hockey again...so it's gotta be true.