This morning at the Penguins’ skate, I approached right winger Craig Adams, one of the team’s veterans and the player who has been most vocal in denying information in my column Friday that players recently discussed a temporary captaincy with Sidney Crosby out.
Adams was impeccably professional as we spoke for about 15 minutes. The only portion of it that was on the record was this quote: “Ask every person in this room right now, point-blank, and they’ll deny it. Knowing the people in this room, I don’t think that could happen here. And for it to be a topic of conversation, for some of our fans to think it did happen, that’s pretty sad.”
Let me clarify that the latter statement wasn’t remotely a criticism of fans. Rather, he was expressing regret that the report might have had such an effect.
As the blog yesterday made clear, the Tribune-Review stands by the original report. But I’m giving Adams the last word on this.
And I do mean last word. To repeat, after today, that’s it for me on this topic. There’s nothing new, and there’s no reason to expect there will be anything newer. I’ll be back at Consol tonight to finish up a James Neal column, and you’ll have the game thread up here in a little bit.