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#1 Quinn01

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:50 PM

Sidney Crosby will be holding a press conference tomorrow at noon. There is speculation that he will be either delaying his return or announcing his retirement.

When the Pittsburgh Penguins hold a 12:30 p.m. media availability, the media usually finds out about it that morning.

But this is Sidney Crosby (notes) we're talking about here, and he's talking for the first time in months about his concussion rehab and future in the NHL at CONSOL Energy Center on Wednesday; hence, the announcement was made over 24 hours earlier than usual to accommodate traveling media, and conjecture about what he's going to say has been overwhelming.

We asked the Penguins if they would squash retirement speculation on the record; they declined, saying they wouldn't confirm nor deny anything about the nature of the press conference.

We asked if Crosby was headed to Manhattan for the NHL's media tour after this presser. The Penguins confirmed he was, but declined to specify where he was traveling after that (i.e. back home or back to Pittsburgh).

What we know: Crosby hasn't, to this point, been cleared for contact since hits from David Steckel and Victor Hedman (notes) ended his season in January. Rob Rossi of the Tribune-Review passed along that "Crosby backed off offseason workouts 3 weeks ago after symptoms returned."

Since the Penguins are inviting speculation, let's speculate: Crosby's presser will likely detail his summer of recovery and setbacks. It will touch on the NHL's efforts to police the types of hits that Crosby suffered via a revamped Rule 48.

He could announce he'll miss the start of training camp -- something that wouldn't surprise anyone. He may announce he'll miss the start of the regular season. The doomsday scenario for hockey fans: He's taking a year away from the NHL to reconsider his health and his career, perhaps even on the advice of his family. ( He's due $16 million through 2013 ; he's not retiring.)


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What do you all think is coming tomorrow during the press conference? I personally dont see him announcing his retirement but possibly announcing that he will need more time and fans should not hold their breath for his return anytime soon.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:56 PM

If he retires, he is giving up $17.4 million dollars (pre-tax). He is not retiring.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 04:56 PM

Just how big would it be if he retired. lol :giggle:

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:01 PM

Just how big would it be if he retired. lol :giggle:


It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:07 PM

I think he is a whiny punk ass kid...

...with unbelievable talent who makes hockey a better sport to watch. Him and Ovechkin are arguably among the top players of all time to lose either is bad for the sport. I don't think he will retire yet. Too much cash
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:16 PM

It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.

Agreed. I think most of us here have various levels of dislike for the little punk, but a premature retirement on Crosby's part would be devastating to the NHL. Heck, on its own it would be pretty bad, but after the summer the NHL has had, the last thing the league needs is the permanent or even extended temporary loss of one of its superstars.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:17 PM

It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.

There already is someone like that, in fact even better, his name Alexander Ovechkin. Unless your a fan of just scoring, let me introduce you to Steven Stamkos.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:24 PM

There already is someone like that, in fact even better, his name Alexander Ovechkin. Unless your a fan of just scoring, let me introduce you to Steven Stamkos.


Neither of them have the all-around game of Crosby. I do find Ovechkin more entertaining, but Crosby as much as I can't stand him, is probably the best player in the world when healthy.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:29 PM

Neither of them have the all-around game of Crosby. I do find Ovechkin more entertaining, but Crosby as much as I can't stand him, is probably the best player in the world when healthy.

really all around? give me an occurrence in which Crosby made a legal, no bs, highlight reel hit.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:31 PM

It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.


I agree. I respect him greatly as a player. He has a great amount of talent. It would be a shame to see him bow out at this point in his career. Even though he isnt a Devil, I really want to see where his career goes in the future.


really all around? give me an occurrence in which Crosby made a legal, no bs, highlight reel hit.


That is the one nod I give Ovechkin when it comes to comparison.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:34 PM

I'd be shocked if he was retiring for the reason triumph noted earlier in the thread. I bet this is just to give an update on his status.

It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.

I agree man. I absolutely can't stand the guy on the ice because of how great he is and the whining (though he has toned that down a lot). I really feel for him since concussions are no joke. Hopefully this doesn't have a horrendous impact on the rest of his life, never fun to see someone suffer life altering injuries from something that in the end is just a game. Best of luck to him in his recovery!
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:54 PM

It would be terrible. As much as I can't stand him, he's a generational talent and him playing is great for the game. It'll be a while before someone that good shows up again.


Totally agree. What a horrible way to end a career. I don't think he will be retiring.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 05:58 PM

If Marc Savard is still technically "trying" to comeback after all the beatings he's taken at his age (and I get that he's probably done) - than there is NO WAY Crosby's calling after one hit and one half of a season.

He'll update his progress, petition for headshot awareness and accountability, definately miss pre-season/camp/season start - and then tell us he's taking it day by day.

The very worst is he'll take a year off - and that will be detrimental to the NHL.

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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:02 PM

I'd be shocked if he was retiring for the reason triumph noted earlier in the thread. I bet this is just to give an update on his status.


I really feel for him since concussions are no joke. Hopefully this doesn't have a horrendous impact on the rest of his life, never fun to see someone suffer life altering injuries from something that in the end is just a game. Best of luck to him in his recovery!


Hopefully he puts life ahead of hockey...he could take a season or half season off but worst thing would be to put himself in a drak room because he couldn't give up the game...the nhl will be just fine without him...pitt on the other hand would lose the elite level status especially considering the condition of malkin's knee's
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 06:23 PM

Sidney Crosby is not retiring. But if he's having symptoms 9 months later, I'm sure he is considering shutting it down for the season to really make sure he recovers properly.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:25 PM

Honestly, even if I watched the press conference live and saw him say from his own mouth that he was retiring, I still wouldn't believe it.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 07:57 PM

i'm going to guess he will say he is not coming back until he feels 100% to not hurt the pens organization or distract them etc etc. then will probably end up missing the whole season. he'll be back though, i doubt he will retire.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:16 PM

Anyone who thinks Crosby isnt the best player in the world is retarded. He was on pace to have an incredible season last year two. All of us should be hoping for his recovery. He used to be a little whiner but his game has definitely matured.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:42 PM

I hope it isn't retirement. I can't stand Crosby, but he is important to the game. Imagine if he never did return from this, we would have to deal with the constant speculation on what his potential would have been had he not been injured.
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 09:15 PM

really all around? give me an occurrence in which Crosby made a legal, no bs, highlight reel hit.


Hitting is great, and I already said Ovechkin is more entertaining and is probably the best natural scorer in the league, but Crosby is still a better all-around player. He can score, pass, take faceoffs, and is a proven winner and leader. He's led 2 teams to the finals. Ovechkin has still yet to prove that he can be a team guy. His teams are notorious for folding in the playoffs. They showed absolutely no heart in the second round this year.

And I say all this while admitting I like Ovechkin more.
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