If you’re worried Sidney Crosby’s going to be a different player once he finally returns from a concussion, don’t be. Crosby spoke with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review yesterday and promised he won’t be changing his game whatsoever.
“It’s going to take a little bit to get my timing, but my approach is going to be the same,” Crosby said. “I’m going to be the player I’ve always been. That’s my goal. That’s why it’s important that I’m 100 percent when I do come back. I’m going to get hit again. I know that. That’s part of how I play. And hopefully, I’m going to give hits more than I take.”
Crosby’s been hit before. Like here:
But to his credit, he hasn’t made a habit of putting himself in vulnerable positions (unless you consider skating within five feet of David Steckel to be vulnerable.)
“Knock on wood, I’ve been OK at that to this point in my career,” Crosby said. “If I ever get caught with my head down in the middle of the ice, I’m going to pay for it. And that’s true whether I had a concussion prior to that or not. If I’m in a dangerous area like that, that’s my fault. Hopefully, that will be second nature for me, like it’s always been.”
Still no word on when Crosby will suit up for the Penguins again. The following Friday (Nov. 11) at home to Dallas is everyone’s best bet. Once we find out for sure, you’ll be the first to know.
Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’
The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.
Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.
Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.
“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”
Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:
He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.
Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.
Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.
Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).
A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:
Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.
It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.
After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.
Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.