5 Options for Sidney Crosby’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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5 Options for Sidney Crosby’s 2014 New Year’s Resolution

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The end of the year is quickly approaching. During this time, many people like to look back and reflect about the year that was while taking the good and the bad into account. If you are an athlete, you may think back on the championship that you did not win or the fact that you would like to improve on particular parts of your game for next season.

If you are the Pittsburgh Penguins center and captain Sidney Crosby there were many things that you would be thankful that happened during this past year. For one thing, Crosby’s concussion problem has seemed to come to an end (knock on wood). He played the entire shortened season without any setbacks as well as not having any during the first half of the 2013-14 season. Crosby also received a new contract that will more than likely keep him a Pittsburgh Penguin until the end of his career. These are some very good things to happen to someone in a lifetime, but this was just one year for Sid the Kid.

However, Sid did have some other setbacks in 2013. Many of these setbacks were not Crosby’s fault. It is not like Sidney Crosby is not one of the hardest workers in all of sports. Just watch the video of Sid when he was younger with the famous washing machine he shot pucks into to practice.

If I was Sid, I would definitely have some New Year’s resolutions to work on during the 2014 year. These resolutions could all be accomplished by the middle of summer. Instead of just naming them all right here, let’s examine them further on the next few pages.

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5. Stay Healthy For a Full Season

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If there has been one thorn in the side of Sidney Crosby, besides Alexander Ovechkin or Zdeno Chara, it has been the injury bug. Crosby has had sprained ankles, a broken jaw from a puck to the face, and of course concussion problems. These injuries have caused him to miss many games during his young career. It has caused him to lose many Hart and scoring titles that he was almost sure to win. His New Year’s resolution should be to try to stay healthy and play as many games as he can this season. This is the best thing that could happen to him and the Penguins.

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4. Win a Second Scoring Title

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It is unbelievable to think that Crosby has only won one scoring title in his career. The guy is clearly the best offensive player in the game, regardless of what Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, or any supporters of others will say. This links back to the injury thing. If Sid can stay healthy then his New Year’s resolution of winning a second scoring title should be easily obtained. The only player that I feel can challenge him is teammate Evgeni Malkin, and he currently has some injury problems this season.

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3. Win a Second Hart Trophy

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This is one title that was taken away from him last season. Crosby was clearly the best player in the game last year. When he went down with a broken jaw against the New York Islanders, Crosby had a huge lead in the scoring title race and was running away with the Hart Trophy. However, many of the hockey writers had the “what have you done for me lately” syndrome come upon them and “gave” this title to Ovechkin last season. Again, if Sid can stay healthy it will be the rest of the league looking back at Crosby in the Hart Trophy voting this season. If you don’t believe me for this season, take a look at the Penguins’ injury problems and then tell me that he is not the most valuable player to his team. Yeah, that is what the MVP means, not “most valuable player for two weeks!”

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2. Win a Second Olympic Gold Medal

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This is a sore spot to many supporters of USA hockey. In the gold-medal game in 2010, Sidney Crosby scored the game-winning goal against Ryan Miller to give Canada the gold in men’s ice hockey. 2014 is another Olympic year. Crosby will be the centerpiece of a Team Canada that is looking to repeat in Russia. Crosby is a Canadian, and this is what they grew up wanting to do: bring home Stanley Cups and gold medals for their country. Crosby sure will be thinking of this when the ball drops to welcome in 2014.

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1. Win a Second Stanley Cup

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Crosby has reached the top of the mountain in the NHL, and boy is it good! In 2009, the Penguins raised the Stanley Cup against the Detroit Red Wings. Last season, the Penguins were four games away from getting a chance to win The Cup once more. This season, the Penguins have been defying a ton of odds due to the injuries on their team and the tight schedule of the Olympics. If the Penguins can overcome all of their injuries then look for “Sir Sidney” to hopefully come through on this New Year’s resolution for himself and the fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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