Sidney Crosby is tough but has struggled with a weak wrist since the Obama administration. It’s impressive, but his initial injury was caused while trying to stop Ryan Reaves at full speed in the center of the ice. The Pittsburgh Penguins pickup trucks in the basement performed pretty well, including Brian Boyle and Danton Heinen.
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Crosby confirmed on Friday that there was no timeline for his return, and most of our colleagues made headlines. I didn’t deduce quite the same as everyone else did. I don’t think Crosby meant a comeback is far away. Crosby just meant that he didn’t have a specific date yet as there were a few other things he needed to accomplish, like proving he could put pressure on the wrist in match situations. He mentioned things like lifting sticks or making him lift.
But in Crosby’s conversation with the media, the main idea became clear. You can see the entire conversation here, including the original 2014 hit that first injured her wrist; Crosby tried to hit Ryan Reaves at full speed… and LOST.
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1. Sidney Crosby has had serious surgery
During the 2020 offseason, Crosby had his wrist examined. He confirmed that his September operation was larger. In his response, however, he also confirmed that the procedure could never be repeated again.
You and I can both wonder what exactly the procedure was. From tendon replacement to fusion, the possibilities of what Crosby needed are many, but the “final” nature of the surgery is a little scary, right?
If you’re wondering why Crosby waited until the eve of the season and went to rehab for seven years instead of surgery, that obviously wasn’t a decision anyone wanted to make, but the circumstances. eventually forced it.
“It was something that I was always able to handle in the summer, to be able to rest, and then during the year, it was always something that came back, and I could get out of it. But this year, it just wouldn’t come back over the summer when we tried to rehabilitate him and avoid surgery, ”Crosby said.
The Penguins captain seemed in a very good mood on Friday. He was flying in training. When Crosby finally returns to the ice, you might want some popcorn because it will be a spectacle.
He will be back sooner rather than later, but the operation was something more serious than we thought.
2. Good deals pay off
Danton Heinen, good.
Drew O’Connor, good.
Brian Boyle, good.
Brock McGinn, good.
Okay, McGinn isn’t a basement rookie, but her performance has been excellent. He’s not as flashy as Brandon Tanev because he’s not as “energetic”. Still, he’s quick at the pucks, he contributes more in the offensive zone by getting in a good position to receive the puck, and he’s responsible defensively. Looks like an equal trade for Tanev, minus about $ 750,000.
Heinen was surprisingly good. Let’s be honest, who thought Heinen’s signing was really good? He’s gone to the background in Anaheim, but it looks like it could have been the result of a lousy team, more than a bad player. It’s October and we’re not quite ready to canonize him as a legitimate Top-Nine player just yet, but it does look like he’s the right one.
Heinen works smart around the ice and gets into good positions to score. He’s stealthy, so you have to focus on him outside of the game. He’s a poor sniper, but that’s fine for a third-row winger and a salary of $ 1.1 million. He could reasonably have a 15-goal season and receive proper compensation next summer.
Brian Boyle also looks too good to be taken out of training. The great center of the fourth row is a good penalty killer; the Penguins PK is at 90% so far. He’s good in the low end, protects the pucks with his 6-foot-6 frame, and plays a solid fourth row game.
Also, it looks like I started a series of questions. Last week, Brian Dumoulin admitted to adding “older music” to the locker room music for “older dude” Boyle.
The reporter from the Penguins team followed up on Friday. Boyle said his father controlled the radio on his way to hockey practice. If they really wanted to motivate themselves, the song of the day was Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding out for Hero”.
I liked Boyle much more with O’Connor than without the rookie. Even at training camp, the two seemed better off. Dominik Simon is like a mischievous elf who creates offense for them and disappears without credit (except on PHN).
3. Get used to the Grinders
In my column this week, I put forward the idea that the last six Pittsburgh Penguins were starting to forge their identities. It’s a fascinating possibility for me because she has so many layers. The last time grinders, pluggers, plumbers, and plugs successfully defined a team was the Kevin Constantine era of the late 1990s.
The team won. They made the playoffs. The Penguins have even won a few playoffs. Despite Jaromir Jagr on the roster, fans were less and less interested and started to give up.
My column was as much a selling point to Pittsburgh hockey fans for embracing the gritty, as much as it was an analysis that Teddy Blueger, McGinn, O’Connor, Boyle and Simon are the players supporting the roster. decimated from the Penguins.
I really hope the Penguins fans aren’t being star hunters. I really hope hockey is the attraction. I think the market has had enough hockey practice to appreciate and accept a nameless team, but not everyone in the league is convinced. A few of my colleagues from National Hockey Now have expressed doubts.
“Pittsburgh are star players,” said one.
It just seems contrary to the culture of our whole city, doesn’t it? We are a blue collar city with a blue collar work ethic (that’s a good thing). We have a glimpse of the future without star players. It’s not that bad, is it?