Report: Sidney Crosby Cancels Workouts

By: Mike Vukovcan

Pittsburgh (KDKA)- Another week, another rumor concerning Sidney Crosby’s concussion issue.

CTV Sports out of Canada is reporting that Crosby cancelled on-ice training sessions, including ice-time he had booked at a local arena, after concussion symptoms were said to have returned.

Following that report, Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson issued a statement.

“Sidney hasn’t been shut down by anyone,” Brisson said. “He has simply adjusted his summer program accordingly to the different needs for the appropriate recovery. Training camp is in three weeks from now. It is too premature to speculate all kinds of deliberate information at his point.

“Sidney will address the media at the appropriate time in order to give everyone an update. As far as I know training camp hasn’t started yet.”

Just last week Pens GM Ray Shero denied a report from NHL Home Ice radio producer Josh Rimer saying that Crosby would not be ready to start the 2011-12 NHL regular season.

Despite all these denials, Crosby has yet to be cleared for contact skating.

The Penguins are scheduled to open training camp on September 16th.

  • Daniel

    If Crosby is no longer able to play hockey, I hope every Penguin goes after Steckle. This is ridiculous. That guy blatantly hammered Sid AFTER the play was already stopped, which initially caused his concussion. If Crosby is not able to return to hockey because this goon ended his young career, there had better be retribution. Sid is the best player to come to hockey in a long time, and that just doesn’t happen. That kid worked hard his entire life to get to this point, and if it’s ended because of one player’s negligence, I would hope that payback would be in the future!

    • Ryan S.

      If you weren’t a Penguin fan, and looked at the play with an open mind, you would come to the conclusion that it wasn’t intentional. These type of plays happen all of the time, it’s a fast and sometimes violent game. Please remember that there are Penguin players guilty of the same, if not more blatant hits, should they be taken out and shot as well?

      • Brian

        I happen to feel that it was an intentional hit. The only person that really knows is Steckle though. I don’t agree that retaliation or retribution should happen.

      • DJ

        Brain issues like his just don’t come out of the blue.He’s clearly had other injuries on his way up.Reported and not,nobody’s fault etc. etc. but the fact remains…he is now and will forever be =damaged goods.Cooke ,Steckle get paid to play that way as does a large percentage of the league.They are all going to do the same thing=gun for Sid’s head.Crosby WAS one of the best of all time. 3 weeks to prove me wrong Sid.No camp,no contact =no job.

  • DJ

    I’m sad to say I agree. He is obviously done or one hit away from it.Truly one of the greatest ever,bar none.Not anymore.The question now becomes what do we do with the $8.7 in salary and fill in the ranks to contend for another cup.They can retire his jersey to start the season and he can hang out with Mario up in the box.Maybe he can coach or something but this has gone long enough.

  • Daniel

    Ryan S – I, along with every analyst throughout the country, looked at the hit with an open mind, and every one of them said it looked like it was intentional. The play was over, Crosby was skating back to the bench, and Steckle came out of nowhere and hammered him in the head. There is not a question about it being blatant – it was. If it had occurred during playing time, it MAY have been questioned as possibly being intentional, but it occurred AFTER the play was whistled dead. BTW – these types of plays do NOT happen all of the time. Hits to the head are not permitted, and that’s what this was. And yes, Cooke has hit players, and he was suspended for it. Steckle did not receive anything, though the Capitals did trade him shortly thereafter – wonder why????!!!!

    • Ryan S.

      So when the “dirty” hit is on Crosby, the hitter should be crucified? But when Crosby slewfoots an opposing player, we should look the other way? As I stated earlier, these things DO happen on a fairly regular basis and ALL players are capable of commiting these type of infractions, it’s the nature of the game.

      • Daniel

        If it occurs during normal play that is one thing. When it occurs AFTER the whistle has blown, that is another, and that’s what happened. Slewfooting a player and elbowing a player in the head are two completely different infractions. If you’ve ever played hockey, you would know that sometimes there is incidental contact that could cause a slewfoot, trip, slash, etc. Ramming someone in the head at full force after the play has ended is not incidental contact, no matter how you attempt to justify it.

  • CharlotteSteelers/Pens/Pirate/PittFan

    It’s amazing how you guys are already retiring his number and saying he’ll never play again. Give the kid a chance. They are probably doing the right thing in letting him rest. If he doesn’t start the season so what. When he does come back don’t you want to make sure he’s 100% ready to go. Let the doctors take care of it and just watch the players that are on the ice. Let the doctors and Sid take care of his off ice issues. Nobody knows what he’s going to be like so stop speculating.

  • Ryan S.

    Daniel, we’ll have to agree to disagree, it’s obvious that you saw the play differently than I. To me, it looked like a player trying to pull up after the whistle so as not to make contact and inadvertently crossed Crosby’s path. However, Crosby slewfooting the Ranger player was in my opinion an attempt to injure, but as a Penguin and Crosby fan, you will continue not to acknowledge it as such.

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