January 16, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH'S Sidney Crosby said the headaches that have hampered him for the last 2 years have subsided and he is eager to start the season. The Penguins open in Philadelphia on Saturday. Some have wondered if he can regain the form that made him the game's most dominant player before a pair of hits to the head in January 2011 left him with concussion-like symptoms that seemed to put his career in jeopardy. "I'd be lying if I said the first couple weeks I wasn't evaluating that a bit but through the first few workouts, as long as anything doesn't come up, you don't really think about it," Crosby said.
January 10, 2013 |
WHENEVER THIS salvaged (or savage) NHL season finally gets under way, after the votes are counted and the signatures dry on the contracts, the Flyers should name Claude Giroux the 19th captain in franchise history. Giroux is young. He turns 25 on Saturday, about the time training camp will open. He is the face of the Flyers. He is quickly becoming one of the most electrifying players in the league. He is well-respected and well-liked in the Flyers dressing room. And he will bring some much-needed stability to a leadership position which has changed more jerseys (six)
December 23, 2012 |
Claude Giroux was snubbed. Again. With hockey in a deep freeze, thanks to the NHL's second labor stoppage in 8 years, the Flyers' star - whom many consider to be Philadelphia's most electrifying athlete - dropped to fifth place in the Daily News' annual Sportsperson of the Year balloting. In other words, Giroux finished further back in his own city among sports writers than he did (fourth) in Hart Trophy voting last season for hockey's Most Valuable Player award. Full disclosure: This Flyers beat writer voted for Giroux as No. 1 on his ballot, ahead of Mike Trout, Doug Collins, Carlos Ruiz and Bill O'Brien.
November 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The locked-out NHL players' association returned to the bargaining table Tuesday, and this time brought Sidney Crosby along. On Day 52 of the lockout that has delayed the start of the hockey season and threatened to wipe it out completely, the league and the players sat down for the second round of negotiations in 4 days at an undisclosed site. Not only were NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and union special counsel Steve Fehr there, as they were for a marathon session by themselves Saturday.
October 18, 2012 |
FOR A LITTLE more than a month, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby - like most locked-out NHL players not already overseas - has been twirling around the rinks of suburban Pittsburgh waiting for a labor resolution. With that surplus of energy comes a little boredom - and perhaps bravado. Crosby, in a wide-ranging interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , addressed Claude Giroux's claim that he broke both of Giroux's wrists during the Flyers' epic first-round series against the Penguins last season.
June 29, 2012
The Pittsburgh Penguins and superstar center Sidney Crosby have agreed to a 12-year contract extension Thursday that leaves little doubt Crosby has overcome the concussion-like symptoms that sidelined him for most of the last two seasons. The deal keeps the 24-year-old Crosby in Pittsburgh through 2025 and gives the team some room to play in the free-agent market. Crosby, whose previous deal was set to expire next summer, will be paid around $8.7 million a season. He will officially sign the extension Sunday.
April 23, 2012 |
So this is how Flyers defenseman Erik Gustafsson, nervous rookie, played in the second NHL playoff game of his young-but-rising career: He frustrated Pittsburgh superstars Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby in even-strength situations. He blocked a team-high seven shots. He scored a key goal that gave the Flyers a 3-0 lead en route to a series-clinching, 5-1 win Sunday over a Penguins team that, before the playoffs started, was favored to drink from the Stanley Cup. "Gus was unbelievable from start to finish," said Mr. Postseason himself, Danny Briere, who scored his fifth goal of the series.
April 23, 2012 |
Sidney Crosby was making no excuses. On a day that his Pittsburgh Penguins team needed him to recapture his Stanley Cup-winning past, Crosby's lack of production drew notice. The Flyers closed out their first-round series with the Penguins with Sunday's 5-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center, winning this sometimes crazy matchup four games to two. On the surface, Crosby's statistics looked solid - three goals and five assists for eight points in the six games. Yet Crosby didn't register a point in the final two games.
April 22, 2012 |
Sidney Crosby was making no excuses. On a day that his Pittsburgh Penguins team needed him to recapture his Stanley Cup winning past, Crosby's lack of production drew notice. The Flyers closed out their first-round series with the Penguins with Sunday's 5-1 win at the Wells Fargo Center, winning this sometimes crazy series 4 games to 2. On the surface, Crosby's statistics looked solid, three goals and five assists for eight points in the six games. Yet Crosby didn't register a point in the final two games.
April 22, 2012
What is it about Sidney Crosby that makes people so crazy? Is it his face, that crinkled half-smirk and that fuzzy, pubescent mustache that makes it seem as if he's constantly projecting superiority? Is it the fact that he's a classic hit-and-runner, a player who likes to stir up trouble, then scurry for protection? Is it the fact that he is, in every sense of the word, a weasel - a guy who in the midst of frustration, pulls hair and swats a hockey glove away from an opponent?