By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media
Official word comes from the Penguins that Sidney Crosby has a broken jaw and will be out indefinitely. The team expects to have a firmer timeline later in the week.
Here’s the Trib’s news coverage by Rob Rossi.
Obviously a lousy development for the athlete and the organization. General timetable on broken jaws is six weeks. As Pirates catching prospect Tony Sanchez — who’s had two of them — just tweeted, a “full recovery is 8-10 weeks, and that does not include the time it takes to gain back the weight that was lost.”
Hockey players have found ways to return early from broken jaws, of course. The most famous in Pittsburgh sports history probably was Dave Parker for the Pirates in the 1970s, wearing that unusual batting helmet. And the most famous with the Penguins was Rick Tocchet in the 1990s …
Tocchet was one of the toughest players in franchise history, but I’d match Crosby’s toughness with anyone. So whatever projections you read or hear, bear that in mind.
All kinds of questions now loom:
>> How will the lines shake out?
Brenden Morrow’s a top-six forward, but the only center out of the six is Evgeni Malkin. I’d expect Brandon Sutter to move up, probably with Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis. But that’s just me.
>> Can Crosby still win the scoring title?
I wouldn’t bet on it, if he doesn’t return for the regular season. He’s up 10 points on the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos, and Tampa Bay still has 14 games left. Hard to imagine Stamkos not producing at a point per game.
>> How about MVP?
Sure, why not?
Stamkos is on a non-playoff team, and you have to go all the way down to the current No. 5 scorer, Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks, to find a non-Penguin, playoff-bound player.