Sidney Crosby: Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Have to Shut Him Down for the Season

March 10th, 2012 by Trent Reinsmith Leave a reply »
On Tuesday, March 6, Sidney Crosby was cleared for contact.  Immediately after that announcement was made, speculation began to run rampant that Crosby would rejoin the Penguins for the run toward the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In fact, it was mentioned that Crosby would participate in the March 11 game against the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins.

After practicing with the team on Saturday, the decision was made that Crosby would not be participating in Sunday’s game. The next game opportunity for Crosby will be Thursday, when the Penguins travel to New York City to face the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.

If Crosby and the Penguins' team management do the right thing, they will not let Crosby participate in that game, either. In fact, the wise thing would be to completely shut him down for the season, bringing him back for the 2012-13 NHL season.

I know the temptation will be there to bring the best player in the NHL back into the fold, but that temptation must be resisted. 

The first reason is that while Crosby is the best player in the game, he would be coming back at the worst possible time of ...

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