I was working when I received a text on my cell from a friend saying, "Sidney Crosby is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms."
Now, I've been a Philadelphia Flyers fan all my life, but ever since Crosby entered the league, I couldn't help but be amazed at how skilled he was. What ate away at me so much for years was the fact that he belonged to Philly's biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Even though he is seen as an "enemy" to most Philly fans, you can't help but feel bad for the guy and what he's going through. He's worked really hard to come back and help lead his team to another Stanley Cup, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen this year, at least not with him.
Sidney Crosby was leveled by David Steckel during the 2011 Winter Classic game last year against the Washington Capitals. He wasn't feeling too well, and had soreness in his neck but played on. Then, Victor Hedman issued another devastating blow to Crosby in a game against Tampa a few weeks later.
That's when things went downhill.
Crosby was suffering from a concussion, and the decision was made to keep him out of the lineup for the remainder of the season, giving him ample time to prepare for next season. The Penguins made a move for Dallas' James Neal, and all was forgotten for the time being.
Unfortunately, it might not have been enough time.
Sid the Kid made his 2011-12 season debut Monday, November 21 against the Islanders. Crosby seemed to look like he never missed a beat, notching two goals and two assists in his first game back. He continued to roll along, playing like the superstar he is until it was announced on December 7 that he would be sitting out the next two games as a "precautionary measure" after a collision at center ice with Chris Kunitz. They are still uncertain whether it was the Kunitz collision or another hit by Boston's David Krejci two days previous.
Is Sidney Crosby the next Eric Lindros?
Penguins GM Ray Shero was quoted as saying that "he wasn't feeling 100 percent" after the collision with Kunitz.
It seemed that Crosby was OK, and they were just playing it on the safe side, but this morning, the grim news came to a head as Shero stated that Crosby is out indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms.
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I really feel for the guy; he's a tremendous hockey player. This is certainly a huge blow to the Penguins organization, even though Pittsburgh seems to be doing just fine without him. Only time will tell if Sid the Kid will ever play again, but it sure isn't looking good for the young superstar.
So, what say you? Do you think Sidney Crosby's career will stop here? Is he the next Eric Lindros?
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