NHL 2011-2012: 10 Reasons the NHL Can Thrive Without a Healthy Sidney Crosby

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NHL 2011-2012: 10 Reasons the NHL Can Thrive Without a Healthy Sidney Crosby
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A couple of weeks ago Josh Rimer of NHL Home Ice tweeted that sources told him Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is still struggling in his recovery from the concussion he suffered last season.  His status for the start of the 2011-2012 NHL season seems to be in doubt. 

Needless to say, this has sparked endless speculation about Crosby's 2011-2012 season.

Will he miss more time next year? The whole season? 

Even if he does come back, will he be the same player? 

With all of these questions, there has certainly been hand wringing in Pittsburgh.  After all, the thought of losing your best player is scary.

The NHL front office may also be nervous.  Crosby is the star that they have attached themselves too.  He is the centerpiece of their marketing.   

What will happen to the league if Crosby misses part or all of the season? 

Believe it or not, the NHL is in position to still thrive in 2011-2012 and beyond with or without Sidney Crosby. 

Here are 10 reasons the NHL will do just that next season.

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