Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin (Ovi will take on the Flyers tonight at The Well) are easily the league's top two stars. There is nothing the NHL wants or needs more than both of those guys playing in its low-rated All-Star game.
Of course, Sidney has a little sand in his snooch: [Globe and Mail– includes obnoxious spelling of favor]
The word filtering out of the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Crosby is an angry young man, angry enough to pull his considerable star presence from one of the league’s showcase events because he does not think the NHL is doing enough to protect its players. An NHL source said Crosby is not likely to tell the NHL he is withdrawing from the all-star game to protest the fact neither player who hit him on the head was suspended. However, he could easily decline and cite the need for complete recovery from a mild concussion.
The source said Crosby, who showed up at the all-star game in Montreal two years ago even though he sustained a knee injury and could not play, is not inclined to do any more such favours right now.
While it's completely reasonable to think Crosby may want the extra time to heal, his real reason for skipping the pick-up style circle-jerk formatted game (I've used that before, but it's just oh so perfect) may have nothing to do with his head, and everything to do with his womanhood.
Yes, Sid, the NHL hates you. They've only used every available means to turn you into a larger-than-life figure, despite your shortcomings and and crybaby attitude.
As the wife of all-star reader Jose put it: Why is he angry at the league? They already fellate him on a daily basis.
Seems like a good time to remind you that you can get this Crosby shirt for $15 (with purchase of another full price item):
… and an even better time to show you this video again.