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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Sidney Crosby will neither play in nor attend the NHL All-Star Game

By Cindy Boren

Sidney Crosby, who is recovering from a concussion, will not go to Raleigh for the NHL All-Star Game this weekend.

"The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon," Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said.

Crosby has missed nine games and was not expected to play.

"However, in this situation -- when he has not even skated for two and a half weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity -- we think it's best for him to focus totally on his recovery," Shero said.

Two hits contributed to Crosby's concussion: one by David Steckel of the Capitals in the Jan. 1 Winter Classic and another four nights later by Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman.

By Cindy Boren  | January 24, 2011; 12:21 PM ET
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I despise Sidney Crosby and the Pens, but this is really bad news for hockey... hope he gets better and back on the ice as soon as he can.

And all-star games -- even when they have the remote possibility of being interesting, as with this year's NHL "player draft" experiment -- are trending to utter irrelevancy.

So, yeah...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 24, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

He won't be missed.

Posted by: msveasey | January 24, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Waahhhhhh. Those mean boys hit me. And even though thousands of toothless, knuckle-dragging Pittsburgh fans want to see me play in the ASG, I'm going to stay home and pout to show that I'm mad and let the NHL know that I don't want to get checked. And if that doesn't work, I'm going to hold my breath.

Posted by: catsrtasty | January 24, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I want to see the hit he took 4 days later because that one just doesn't look that bad. He took a shot it in the jaw froma shoulder but he came back out and played, practiced and played again. the other hit had to be worse than that.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | January 24, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Rumor is that Crosby is angry at the league for not disciplining the two players, who he still believes injured him on purpose. Honestly, he should never have allowed to play in that game against TB, 4 days after the collision with Steckel. PIT might want to take a look at how they manage concussion care.

Posted by: ljo211 | January 24, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Crosby, Jay Cutler, Albert Haynesworth, which one whines more?

Who knows how Crosby got a concussion? The Pens play press release games and lie so much it is a "boy cries wolf" situtation.

And who gives a flying whatever if Crosby plays again or not except Penguins fans and every Canadian loser seeking some national identity that doesn't exist.

Posted by: fakedude2 | January 24, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

hey Mike Milbury i guess Ovechkin will get picked before Crosby .

Posted by: heathdog1119 | January 24, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It seems like some people need to grow up around here. I for one, a Caps fan for many years, will miss Crosby at the game; he is a great player and a joy to watch - but hey I watch hockey for the love of the game and not for the love of players or teams.

Posted by: hock1 | January 24, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

It is a joy to watch a cheap shot artist (slashing and cross checks in abundance) who, if anyone sneezes on, there aren't enough penalty minutes or fines in the world that can be doled out by the Canadian referees?

All the guy does is park himself by the net and wait for a pass.

The only "talant" he has is the Canadian refs protect him so much in order for a "Canadian" to be the sport's best player so that if you clean him out from in front of your net you get a penalty.

That's "a joy to watch?"


Posted by: fakedude2 | January 24, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a 100% Caps fan...but Crosby is an amazing talent and this is NOT good for hockey...and no one should enjoy this premier player's injury.

Posted by: SugarPop145 | January 25, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Poor baby. Maybe his mommy will bring him a nice cup of hot cocoa while he watches his cartoons with his blankie on the couch.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 25, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Don't enjoy him being out this long, especially after viewing 24/7 on HBO. But I still chuckle watching the replay of the Steckel hit.

Posted by: bryan4967 | January 25, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of the Pen's but let's keep things in perspective please. It's great to have a rival that will push you. And yes, Sid has a tendency to whine, but he is most likely a nice guy off the ice, so let's not get too personal with the insults. The NHL is definitely a better league with players the caliber of Sid and Ovie in it. I'm a hockey fan, and I respect most of the players that suit up to entertain us, Sid included. I know some of you will disagree with me, and that's cool too. Go Caps!

Posted by: jallem | January 25, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"Poor baby. Maybe his mommy will bring him a nice cup of hot cocoa while he watches his cartoons with his blankie on the couch."

And yet he still leads his team to 2 finals and 1 Stanley Cup in the last three years....while Ovechkin has lead the Caps to what?
Oh yeah...underachieving in the playoffs.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 25, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

BigDaddy, never said he wasn't good, I just think he's a whiny little s**t who's pouting because the league didn't do anything after he got hit. He doesn't care when his own teammates make illegal hits, but heaven forbid anybody even breathe on Canada's golden boy. Also, Ovie might not have won a Stanley Cup, but he also hasn't thrown any cheapshots to people's nuts either.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 25, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Saw both hits...the Steckel hit was borderline but I've seen that not called more often than it gets called.
The other one was against the Lightning and I didn't consider it a penalty(it wasn't called) but his head absorbed the majority of the impact with the glass on the endboard.
He probably had a mild one after the Steckel hit but the hit versus Tampa likely caused the injury.
He's 23, so given his age I wouldn't rush him back. No idea where the rumor started but he's never said anything about either hit publicly. Let alone say he's boycotting the ASG.
When Cooke wiped out Savard last year Sid was one of the only to publicly say the league needed to address the issue but that's been his only comments on the issue.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | January 25, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Steckel hit wasn't "a hit."

Cindy skating blindly, causes his own collision, and then lies on the ice whining for a call to start the 3rd period.

That was a typically whiny, and conscious move by Cindy which indicates any "concussion" happened at a later date.

Posted by: fakedude2 | January 26, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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