Claude Giroux’s agent, Pat Brisson, wants you to know his client is doing just fine.
Brisson tells Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com that Giroux is healthy even in spite of his stay in Atlanta to see the same specialist to treat Sidney Crosby’s concussion.
“There is nothing wrong here, Claude is doing great,” Brisson said from his office in Los Angeles.
“I don’t speak lightly. I’m not one of those who would speak from one side of my mouth.”
Giroux suffered a head injury two weeks ago playing in Germany, but reports since then have stated it’s merely a “neck” injury. Giroux being treated by the same neurologist, Ted Carrick, who treated concussion sufferers Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and Guillaume Latendresse might just be a coincidence, but remember Giroux suffered a concussion last season.
Brisson insists this is just a precautionary measure sending him to Carrick and goes on to say, “There’s nothing serious here.”
There could really be a lot of nothing going on here or there’s a much bigger story waiting to come out of this.
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.
The Sidney Crosby injury saga in Pittsburgh is taking another fascinating turn.
According to Sportsnet 590’s Bob McCown, Crosby was concerned with the medical treatment he’s gotten from the Penguins staff and met with a specialist in Utah where it was discovered he has an abnormality in two of his vertebrae (C1 and C2 in the neck) on top of the concussion suffered in December. McCown says that doctors expect Crosby to heal fine and be ready for the playoffs.
CBC’s Elliotte Friedman confirmed the story with Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson who says the possibility he has two fractured vertebrae was raised last week and he’ll be meeting with a third doctor to determine the diagnosis.
If this report turns out to be true and Crosby does indeed have two fractured vertebrae, the questions surrounding the Penguins’ handling of Crosby’s injuries will only grow larger and more pointed. With how methodical they’ve been in handling Crosby’s concussion since seemingly mistreating him last season, missing out on a neck injury would be a glaring error.
Crosby just returned from California where he was meeting a neurological spine specialist and has already begun skating. Penguins GM Ray Shero sounded optimistic about Crosby’s progress earlier today, but with this latest revelation there will be a lot more questions in need of answers.
Here’s video of McCown’s appearance on Sportsnet discussing what he’s found out.
As the hockey world swirls with rumors of Sidney Crosby being shut down for the season — or perhaps forever — agent Pat Brisson nixed the scuttlebutt today in emphatic fashion.
“Sidney is doing very well, he’s training, he’s going in the right direction,” Brisson told ESPN. “The idea of retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary. Far from that.”
Brisson was likely responding to a report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos in which the former NHLer boldly stated that Crosby’s season was over. (There are “shutdown-for-year” rumors floating around Twitter too, like this.) Crosby, of course, hasn’t played since Dec. 5 — a 3-1 loss to Boston — in which he played a season-high 21:03, but also suffered a series of hits which triggered concussion symptoms.
Brisson wasn’t the only one refuting shutdown/retirement claims today. Pens GM Ray Shero also addressed the Crosby situation, telling ESPN there’s “absolutely zero truth to these rumors.”
Sidney Crosby’s immediate future is still unknown. He’s not skating with the team, he’s not practicing, he’s not doing anything at all as far as getting back to playing immediately. For now, he rests and tries to get his head together while his contract is ticking away.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos says that Crosby’s next contract with Pittsburgh (his current deal expires after next season) could be a very difficult situation for GM Ray Shero to get a handle on.
Kypreos says that Shero will be nervous for how they want to pay Crosby since they want him to be a Penguin for life. If Crosby’s concussion problems persist, however, how do you pay a player of his caliber appropriately? If healthy, Kypreos says that Crosby could command a 10-year deal worth $100 million without batting an eyelash.
Kypreos suggests that going the short-term route is the one that makes most sense because there would be no way a massive contract would be insured with Crosby’s current health. Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson might not be OK with that, though.
For the Penguins, being on the hook for $100 million that essentially goes to waste because of injury is bad business.
The Pens owe a lot to Crosby for helping put them back on the map and winning a Stanley Cup in 2009, but giving him a lifetime deal when they’re not even sure what his future holds makes for a dangerous game. Unless Crosby shows he can get over his concussion problems, which may not be possible, negotiations come summer of 2013 could get really awkward.