Getty ImagesSidney Crosby is making more noise about leaving for Europe than he has in weeks, which is either a harbinger of doom for the CBA talks or indicative of Crosby's competitive desire having overtaken him.
Here's Sid to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, after arriving in Phoenix to skate with some NHLers that are training there:
"At the end of the day, I'm a hockey player and I love to play," Crosby said. "Don't get me wrong, I don't mind practicing but I've been practicing a lot for the last couple of years. I just want to play. If there's nothing really happening as far as getting a deal done, then it becomes much more important to play games and finding out where that makes sense."
Crosby spoke about his options, including Europe, with agent Pat Brisson on Monday night.
"Sidney is seriously looking at his options in Europe," Brisson told ESPN.com Tuesday. "He needs and wants to play hockey. It will be difficult to go all year without playing after what he's gone through the last two years. Over the next few days I'm going to make more calls and continue to explore Sidney's options."
Crosby's longing to play again is palpable. This is a player that's missed more games than he's played over the last two seasons, and one whose last game in 2011-12 campaign ended an embarrassing series loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
That he hasn't left for Europe yet has been intriguing but understandable, giving everything from health to insurance concerns. But more than anything, it's understandable because he's Sidney Crosby.
Look, we all know Alex Oveckin's jetting to the KHL the moment the owners lock him out for various reasons. Crosby's different: He's the poster child for the League, and Canada's Golden Boy. If he leaves North America to play in Europe, it becomes a global hockey story and a "canary in a coal mine" one at that — how bad are things if Sidney Crosby would take his fragile neck to play in what amount to professional scrimmages in his eyes?
His leaving would have optic and political fallout. Frankly, it'd be an embarrassment to the League that it's gotten this far.
Let's say this isn't bluster from Brisson and Crosby. Let's say Europe is on the horizon. There's really only one place Crosby should play to maximize the impact of his decision — and that's the Kontinental Hockey League.Read More »from Why Sidney Crosby should skate over to the KHL