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Right now, all bets off for Crosby

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08:26 AM ET 05.03 | Pittsburgh's offseason to-do list is long, but so is its list of concerns. Maybe it's just as well the Penguins were bounced out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in the first round last week. General manager Ray Shero was able to turn his attention immediately to the construction of next season's roster. He's going to need every second. So many questions ... Will Sidney Crosby be ready for the start of the season? Will he be the same player? Will he and we spend the rest of his career wondering if the next hit he takes will finish him as a world-class athlete? The news Friday that Crosby had a setback 3 1/2 months after his concussion was disheartening and alarming. All bets for his future are off at the moment.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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May 3, 2011  08:38 AM ET

Even though I'm sad the Pens didn't go deeper into the playoffs, at least Sid & Geno will have time to rest & heal. Will Sid be the same player? Only time will tell.

May 3, 2011  08:44 AM ET

I read Malkin should be fine coming back for next season...
But Crosby - whole different story. I am wondering if this should now be considered "career threatening". I hope not.

May 3, 2011  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I read Malkin should be fine coming back for next season...But Crosby - whole different story. I am wondering if this should now be considered "career threatening". I hope not.

Or, does the concussion change the way he plays the game, if and when he does come back?

May 3, 2011  09:06 AM ET

Let's Go Pens!!

May 3, 2011  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Or, does the concussion change the way he plays the game, if and when he does come back?

It's hard to avoid that incidental contact no matter how you play.

May 3, 2011  09:22 AM ET

All of us have heard for the past 4 months how a specific hit caused his concussion (Steckel's, Hedin's). But I've also heard that serious problems also manifest themselves after an accumulation of head hits over time. Dave Duerson of the Bears who recently committed suicide comes to mind immediately. His autopsy revealed multiple brain injuries caused by hits. I wonder if there is any new technology in helmet design which will be helpful? I started as a hockey fan back in '61 when helmets weren't even around. I wonder if guys had more respect for other players then. I don't remember head injuries being epidemic then. Although I don't remember where I put my glasses 10 minutes ago either! All in all I wish Sid the best in getting back with no side effects at all.

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May 3, 2011  09:36 AM ET

It's funny to see Reebok's latest ads touting their new super safe helmets sans their numero uno spokesperson Sid...

May 3, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

All of us have heard for the past 4 months how a specific hit caused his concussion (Steckel's, Hedin's). But I've also heard that serious problems also manifest themselves after an accumulation of head hits over time. Dave Duerson of the Bears who recently committed suicide comes to mind immediately. His autopsy revealed multiple brain injuries caused by hits. I wonder if there is any new technology in helmet design which will be helpful? I started as a hockey fan back in '61 when helmets weren't even around. I wonder if guys had more respect for other players then. I don't remember head injuries being epidemic then. Although I don't remember where I put my glasses 10 minutes ago either! All in all I wish Sid the best in getting back with no side effects at all.

Nice post, Slapster.

Force = Mass x Acceleration. I wonder if the additonal armor coupled with the removal of the red lines makes "modern" collisions more dangerous?

May 3, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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Although I don't remember where I put my glasses 10 minutes ago either!

A couple of weeks ago on a particularly hectic morning, I was looking around for mine desperately only to realize they were already on my face. Off to the glue factory soon....................

May 3, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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How bout doze Brooons, eh?

We gotcha rights where we wants ya.

May 3, 2011  09:52 AM ET
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A couple of weeks ago on a particularly hectic morning, I was looking around for mine desperately only to realize they were already on my face. Off to the glue factory soon....................

I've done that with my car keys dozens of times....running around cussing and fuming.......only to realize I'm holding them. BTW, you may be right about the red lines. Plus, guys are monstrously bigger than they were when I first begain watching pro hockey. In those far away days a guy who was 5' 10" and weighed over 180 was "big"...........now, not so much.

May 3, 2011  09:58 AM ET
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I've done that with my car keys dozens of times....running around cussing and fuming.......only to realize I'm holding them.

Plus, guys are monstrously bigger than they were when I first begain watching pro hockey. In those far away days a guy who was 5' 10" and weighed over 180 was "big"...........now, not so much.

Don't even want to talk about keys.........:)


So you're saying the Mass has gotten Massiver?

May 3, 2011  10:01 AM ET
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If it's taking this long to be symptom free, I think it's safe to say it wasn't a mild concussion. Hopefully for Crosby and the Pens fans he isn't going to have an issue every time he takes a solid hit.How bout doze Brooons, eh?

He was symptom free for about a week, but when he started skating they all came back, and that is the bad thing.

May 3, 2011  10:04 AM ET
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So you're saying the Mass has gotten Massiver?

Yeah, that's it! And acceleration has accelerated even more resulting in really, really, really BIG FORCE collisions.

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May 3, 2011  10:30 AM ET
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Or, does the concussion change the way he plays the game, if and when he does come back?

it could ... how could he not play differently knowing 1 hit could end his career, or more.

May 3, 2011  10:33 AM ET
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If it's taking this long to be symptom free, I think it's safe to say it wasn't a mild concussion. Hopefully for Crosby and the Pens fans he isn't going to have an issue every time he takes a solid hit.How bout doze Brooons, eh?

not a Pens fan, but the fact is Crosby is good for the game, and an elite hockey player.

The B's - I love the wins ... but this OT stuff is killing me :)
of course, Philly has got be thinking de ja vu - all over again

 
May 3, 2011  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

We gotcha rights where we wants ya.

Shouldn't it be 0-3 then?

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