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Crosby Banned From Tuesday’s Game Against The Jets

The Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby didn’t attend the weekends All-Star game due to a lower body injury. Crosby was expected to return to action Tuesday as the Pens take on the Jets. However, Crosby, along with head coach Mike Johnston, was not aware of a rule that disallows injured players who didn’t play in the All-Star game to play in the teams following game. Defenseman Kris Letang, interviewed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, said, “It depends, If you have a guy who is banged up, but he’s willing to play with an injury and wants to take the All-Star break off to make sure he’s ready when his team starts playing again, I think that should be allowed.”
I agree with what Letang says, in that, if a guy needed rest because he got hurt then he should be allowed to take that needed time off even if it is during the All-Star break. And if he wants to play through an injury with his team, let him do it. However, I completely understand why they have the rule in place because Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk blew the 2009 All-Star game off and got suspended from a game without pay. As a Pens fan, it is disappointing that I won’t be able to watch the face of the NHL play Tuesday against the Jets, but I do understand why the league has the rule in place.

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