According to a report by TSN, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby left the team’s scrimmage with approximately 20 minutes remaining on Saturday. The team was not allowed to comment on the what could possibly be the reasons and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan deferred to the NHL’s directive on absent players when replying to questions about whether or not Crosby was ill, injured, or simply tired.
He said, “As the league has put forth these protocols with regard to these type of matters, we’re not permitted to comment.” Sullivan told reporters.
As far as we can tell, Crosby becomes the first major player deemed “unfit to participate” mid-practice. Conor Sheary “thinks it’s a maintenance thing” but the NHL announced last week that teams would not be allowed to release information on coronavirus tests or injuries in the upcoming restarted season. That Sheary said that much might even be pushing the lines of the NHL’s new protocol.
This news comes on the same day that the NHL PR department noted Crosby could become the seventh player in NHL history to captain one franchise to four or more Stanley Cup . Hopefully, this is nothing serious.
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