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NHL Lockout: Sidney Crosby Not Optimistic

Pittsburgh Penguins' center Sidney Crosby isn't optimistic about the NHL playing a full schedule this upcoming season, as he told Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Rob Rossi Thursday, "Right now its not looking great." The comments were in support of the NHL union which is trying to negotiation a new collective bargaining agreement with the league before Saturday's 11:59 p.m. deadline.

"Basically when you look at things, it’s a partnership," Crosby told the media after Day 2 of meetings in New York. "If you look at the key principles of everything, we’re showing we’re willing to move, to sacrifice things.

"If you look at (the NHL) proposal, it’s not really the same type of feeling."

Crosby is currently one of 283 union players that are looking to negotiate a deal which would prevent a lockout. But things are not moving in the right direction and Crosby mentioned he's considering playing someplace else if the NHL does not have a season.

"I think everyone has a different opinion on that," he said. "Mine is that I’m a hockey player. It’s a competitive business. Would I look forward to possibility of taking someone’s job? No. But at the end of the day I’m a hockey player. At the end of the day I don’t see anything wrong with that."

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