The countdown is on until NHL training camps open. Shortly after that, we will see preseason hockey again and those of us that are considered hardcore NHL fans will feel complete once again.
For Penguins fans, the motto of the offseason has been that no NHL team will be able to improve themselves more than the Penguins with the return of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. It seems that every Pens fan says that while clutching a rabbit's foot or touching wood though.
Generally speaking, you get the feeling that PensNation is a very fragile bunch right now. We see article after article speculating about Sid's health, his comeback, whether or not he has symptom's, etc.
The fact of the matter is that when it comes to Crosby's return, nobody knows how it is going to go. That is not meant to be a pessimistic statement, mind you.
Chances are if you are the fretting type, there will not be many moments that you watch a Penguins game over the next few season where you will be comfortable with contact and Crosby.
As a fanbase, we need to get over that. Sidney Crosby and his agent and doctors will always do what is best for him both in terms of health and career. Past that, the Pittsburgh Penguins may have to learn to live with a constant uncertainty surrounding the situation.
My philosophy is always that you should expect the best and prepare for the worst. If Crosby is ever injured via concussion again, that is bridge we as fans cross if it needed.
Until then, in attempt to help the Penguins fans around the world get over their Crosby Complex, I wanted to be a total jerk and point out five areas of concern for the team that do not involve Sidney Crosby.
Yes, some of these are aimed to stir you up. The way I see it, if I get you defending players instead of hiding in a bomb shelter over Sid, then I am helping you prepare for the season the right way, breaking down x's and o's instead of CAT Scans.