Sidney Crosby

Crosby on lockout: “Don’t want to think about it. I just want to play.”


We haven’t heard much from Sidney Crosby in this awkward, labor talk-filled offseason but if you want to talk lockout with him you’ll be left disappointed.

Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review caught up with the Penguins captain at an informal team skate today and when asked about a potential work stoppage, he made his opinion clear.

“Don’t even want to think about it,” Crosby said. “I want to play.”

Crosby tells Yohe that he is considering playing in Europe should a lockout eat up the season but makes it clear, “nothing is set in stone.”

If you missed it, Evgeni Malkin said Crosby might consider playing in Russia if there’s a lockout. Yes, Crosby meets the KHL’s requirements to play there.

Obviously if labor talks go that poorly so a lockout starts to dig deep into what the NHL season would be, players are going to have to make their money somehow. Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, says playing in Europe is an option for his client.

Welcome back, Babs: Red Wings chase Bernier

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Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.

As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.

The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.

This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.

Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.

Blue Jackets’ Wennberg done for night with upper-body injury

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It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?

OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.

Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.

There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:

Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.