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Sidney Crosby discusses NHL lockout, Penguins' chances

Sidney Crosby takes part in an extensive interview.

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Crosby disappointed by talks, thinking overseas

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby expressed that he is disappointed with the fallout from the most recent discussions between the NHL and NHL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a report by Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Stating that the players made concessions in the owners' favor, Crosby believes that talks should be in a more favorable place, via the Tribune-Review:

"To go through all that and to get a response like that, is pretty devastating. Gary said at his press conference that they're drawing a line in the sand. Then just say that (during negotiations). Don't waste guys' time there discussing stuff for three days of trying to make something work, and then come out and say that."

Crosby also stated that he believes it will be difficult for the league to regain the players' trust after the events of the previous three days.

In addition, he also expressed an interest in playing hockey overseas if the two sides remain at odds over the negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement. Stating that he wants to play hockey, the 25-year-old superstar did not elaborate on when a decision would come, but did admit that he is going to be thinking about it more strongly.

Despite the primarily negative nature of his outlook, Crosby also expressed that he believes a deal can still be reached and that the framework was developed over this past week:

"The foundation is there. I don't think those talks were for nothing."


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Sidney Crosby to consider playing in Europe

With the NHL lockout dragging on, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby indicated Thursday that he was going to start looking a little harder at playing options in Europe, according to a report by Chris Johnston with The Montreal Gazette.

Among 18 players on hand in a bargaining session during which the NHL Player's Association had three proposals dismissed by the league, Crosby's frustration led to him saying Europe was becoming a more serious playing consideration.

"A little harder, yeah," Crosby said of looking at Europe in the report. "I think that's something that everyone's got to figure out. You try to figure out where things stand and I don't think they're in a great spot right now.

"Today wasn't really a step in the right direction if that's what we're trying to do."

The lockout, which went into effect on Sept. 16, has already led to the cancellation of regular season games through Oct. 24. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday that in order for a complete season to be played, the two sides would have to come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by Oct. 25.


Sidney Crosby not apologetic toward Claude Giroux

If and when the NHL lockout is lifted, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have star player Sidney Crosby ready to go for the first time in two years. He's been working hard this offseason and is totally healthy, which is definitely a good sign. He talked about a lot of these things in a recent interview, but one of the most notable takeaways from said interview had to do with Philadelphia Flyers' player Claude Giroux.

Giroux claimed that Crosby broke his wrists while taking faceoffs during their series in the playoffs last season. When asked about it though, Crosby wasn't exactly apologetic, though he claims he didn't actively try to break them. In fact, Crosby bluntly states that he's not sorry if he did, in fact, break them:

"No. I really like to win the faceoff. I don't try to go after his wrists but if I caught it, I'm not sorry for it. I think it's hilarious I hear that stuff from Philly. It's comedy to me to be honest with you. They're probably involved in that stuff more than any team in the league and they're the ones always talking about it. I guess I'm not apologetic. I was trying to win a faceoff and if I caught his wrist, then I caught his wrist."

It's true that Giroux had to get surgery, but he didn't seem like a player who was out there with a pair of broken wrists, that's for sure. Still, you rarely hear a player speak so boldly when injury is concerned, and it might have a lot to do with the fact that Crosby took some hard hits of his own from Giroux. There's also the comments about the "dirty" factor regarding the Flyers, but that is, of course, just Crosby's opinion.

Via Puck Daddy.

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