The fans in Philadelphia may need to come up with a new chant for tomorrow. From the Pittsburgh Penguins official website:
Sidney Crosby did not accompany the Pittsburgh Penguins on their road trip to Philadelphia today and will sit out the next two games as a precaution.
"Sidney took a hard hit during our game against Boston Monday night and wasn't feeling 100 percent," Penguins General Manager Ray Shero said. "He saw Dr. Micky Collins of UPMC today and took an ImPACT test, which showed no problems. However, we all think it's best that he sits out the next two games as a precaution."
Obviously the Penguins have been successful without Sidney Crosby before, but this still isn't great news. Hopefully he's missing time due to his banged up knee and not anything else. Flyers fans will inevitably say that he's skipping the game because he's scared of their team.
The fact that he took an ImPACT test is concerning, but it didn't show any problems, which is good news. The Penguins are probably going to take every precaution possible with Sidney Crosby, and rightfully so. Even if you look at this from a pure investment standpoint and ignore the human side (which is pretty difficult to do) it makes sense to sit Crosby when the possibility for serious injury exists. The Penguins have too much invested in Sidney Crosby. Why would they risk putting him in danger for the sake of a couple of games (any games)? It doesn't make sense from a human standpoint either.
Earlier today the Penguins website had Crosby quoted as saying "I feel good" in regards to his health. He skated with the team today, but he didn't take part in the full practice.
This could just be a knee issue and we're all freaking out over nothing. Breathe.
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