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Will Sidney Crosby play in the season opener for the Pittsburgh Penguins?

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The resident face of the NHL will sit out one of the league's signature rivalries on Thursday as captain Sidney Crosby will be stationed in the press box to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins begin defense of their Stanley Cup title.

He said Crosby is doing the right thing by taking time off, adding the star forward is likely considering his long term health. A team has to survive the grind of an 80-game regular-season schedule and then win 16 playoff games. General manager Jim Rutherford said Crosby, 29, was held out of Saturday's preseason finale against Columbus because he didn't feel well and didn't practice Monday for concussion testing.

With Matt Cullen back in the fold for one more year, Kuhnhackl is sure to benefit on his line along with Eric Fehr, making the Penguins one of the deepest teams in the National Hockey League.

Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters Crosby suffered the concussion in an October 7 practice and added that the Pittsburgh star "came to the rink on Saturday not feeling well".

Sidney Crosby took the ice today, but a timeline for return is still unclear.

"He's obviously an important player for us", Sullivan said.

As for the speculation he sustained the injury during the World Cup of Hockey, Crosby didn't know why that was even a question.

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Probably because it didn't happen at Friday's practice and there are many reasons for the team to cover it up and say it didn't happen in the World Cup.

It's well-worn territory to be sure for a player who missed the better parts of two seasons following a blindside hit to the head in January 2011.

The timing is eerie when it comes to the level of Crosby's play.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins square off for their season opener on Thursday night at Consol.

Get well soon, Sid.

Pat Lafontaine was 33 years old when he announced his retirement after 15 years as one of the NHL's most gifted scorers, once setting the record for points in a season by an American-born player. He was one of only 10 players in the National Hockey League to appear in at least 71 games and have 10 penalty minutes or fewer (10).

"We take all of the concussions that our players get afflicted with seriously", Sullivan said Monday. We don't look at it any other way.

Another possibility is that Crosby will be forced to change his playing style from a hard-nosed, well-rounded (albeit very talented) player to a more one-dimensional, all finesse guy who lets his wingers do the dirty work. "For me frustration at this point is a useless emotion".

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