Originally Posted by stadw0n306
Why the hell would the Pens release Crosby? would be the most idiotic thing in the world, and it will never happen.
They could put him on LTIR and shut him down for the season and use his cap space to go out and get a player at free agency if he doesn't come back this season.
He has been practicing and will return this season IMO. He has a soft-tissue injury of the neck which they think has been causing the symptoms and it can be treated.
There's more instances of players never returning to their former selves after concussions than there are of players returning to their former selves, that's why. If Crosby isn't Crosby by the end of next season, he's gotta walk and the focus should be on locking up Malkin and Neal long term along with signing either Perry or Getzlaf. Pens fans need to stop and think that maybe, just maybe Malkin is Lemieux and Crosby is Jagr. Maybe Malkin is the Penguin for life and not Crosby. It's a hard reality to wrestle with as a Pittsburgh'er, but it's a notion I've come to accept.
Nobody is untouchable in any sport. Joe Montana was traded, Brett Favre played elsewhere, Gretzky played for several teams, Peyton Manning is about to be released, Shaq was traded, Jordan played for the Wizards, LeBron isn't in Cleveland anymore, and the list goes on and on. We live in a new sports era where no player is untouchable in anymore sport and can leave/get traded at the drop of a hat.