Crosby agent refutes rumors: “Retiring or shutting him down is not even in our vocabulary”

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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.”