Over the past 24 hours, quite a few media outlets, including NBC News and a few local morons- sorry – newspapers here in Pittsburgh, have picked up the rumor that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is once again experiencing headaches, and has already been ruled out for the 2011-12 season opener.
This is absolutely 100% untrue.
What is true is the fact that Sid has dropped the intensity of his workouts over the past week, but, according to multiple sources, there has been no setback.
UPDATE: Penguins GM Ray Shero has stated that Sid has dealt with some lingering symptoms throughout the summer, but has not had to shut his workouts down at all.
Could Crosby still miss the season opener? Sure. Nobody knows how he’ll fare once he starts getting hit. He hasn’t played contact hockey in over eight months.
The first step, though, is training camp. Crosby could skate beginning with Day One of training camp, get bumped around a few times, and be totally fine.
Or, he could skip camp all together, missing some of the 2011-12 season. I have to stress the fact that nobody, not even Crosby himself, knows how his head and body will react to physical contact.
All we can do is wait and see.