How Concerned Should Pittsburgh Penguins Be About Sidney Crosby’s Durability?

August 19th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

Sidney Crosby is at the precipice of a huge season in his career.

He is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, and he may very well be at the top of the list. But it has been a while since the Canadian has been at the top of his game for a full season.

Crosby's last full season in the NHL was 2009-10. That was a brilliant year for the centre, perhaps the best of his career. He led the NHL with a career-high 51 goals and he had 109 points that season.

While the Penguins lost in the conference semifinal to the Montreal Canadiens, Crosby played perhaps the best hockey of his career when he led Canada to the gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Crosby had quite a run in 2009 and '10. In the spring of 2009, he got to hoist the Stanley Cup for the only time in his career as his Penguins outlasted the Detroit Red Wings in seven games.

At the time he was the game's dominant superstar and it seemed that nothing would take him off that track. Nothing did until he suffered concussive hits in back-to-back games in January, 2011. The seemingly indestructible star proved quite vulnerable as he misse ...

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