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Crosby out for ASG, with Malkin very likely to miss.


A story will post soon on the site, but multiple sources confirmed early this morning that C SIDNEY CROSBY(concussion) will definately miss the NHL All-Star Game next Sunday at Carolina. Also, C EVGENI MALKIN is very unlikely to play.

Crosby has missed eight straight games with a concussion. His remaining symptoms include headache and neck soreness.

Malkin has missed the last two games because of a re-aggravated left knee injury. The knee has been a troublesome issue dating to October.

The Penguins are expected to make an official annoucement about Crosby’s All-Star status over the comign days. No final decision has been made about Malkin, though the team believes his chances of playing are slim.

There will be more details in the web story when it posts, but the bottom line: No Sid, and very likely no Geno for the ASG. 



Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.


  1. OneTimer says:

    Why Rule 48 doesn’t go far enough….
    The David Steckel hit on Crosby is a classic example: As noted by reporter David Molinari, “Those who believe the hit was inadvertent can look at a replay and come away convinced they are correct. Those who have no doubt that Steckel knew exactly what he was doing can watch the same footage, then point to it as evidence that they are right.” What all can agree on is that Crosby’s head was the sole point of contact and that he has missed the past 8 games and counting with a concussion. (

    Within the comment section on multiple Caps blogsites, there are assurances from Cap’s fans that “Steckel tried to avoid Crosby…dipped shoulder etc” exposed as delusions by Steckel’s own account when he said he “never saw Crosby, and didn’t realize anyone was there.”

  2. OneTimer says:

    Part 2

    When Bruce Boudreau was quoted in The Star saying that “the team KIDDED STECKEL ABOUT THE HIT.” (Laughing about inflicting a serious injury on another player is as low as a human being can get. Doesn’t matter who it is.) The comment’s post said “I’m sure this was before the team realized that Crosby was injured” again exposed as delusion by Boudreau’s further comments.
    Clearly leaving “INTENT” as part of the criteria for judging headshots and penalties for them is setting the League up for perceived failures, controversies and complaints as everyone’s mind reader abilities seem to rest on rooting interests for their team and players. (A suspension for dirty play during the signature Winter Classic with HBO camera coverage would not have been good press for the League after all).
    Intent is impossible to guess, and as long as it is criteria for headshot calls, fines, suspensions and penalties will be impossible to get right. The idea gaining strength is the concept that the NHL adopted years ago regarding high sticks penalties. “Players have to be responsible for their sticks. If they hit someone, regardless of reason, it is a 2-minute penalty. If they draw blood, it is 4 and so on.” This is as clear-cut a rule as can be found in hockey and means no one needs to be a mind reader. Head hits need to be eliminated from the game. This rule change would move us a step closer to letting the players have a role in making that happen.

  3. Shawn says:

    Rob, look at you. You have your own graphic on the NHL Network. Not bad.

    I agree with One Timer. You are responsible for your stick no matter what. Why not your shoulders and elbows?

    Also, IF you are naive enough to believe that guys like Steckel don’t know how to make dirty plays look innocent, fine…

    BUT, Hedman very clearly elbowed a guy whose numbers were showing to him, rammed him head first into the glass from behind, the head was the principle point of contact, etc. etc.

    You could have called…elbowing, boarding, checking from behind, Rule 48, roughing…almost anything. Why has this hit been deemed acceptable?

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