We knew that Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby would skip this year's NHL All-Star Game thanks to lingering concussion problems, but we didn't know whether or not he would travel to Raleigh for the event.
After all, as the NHL's Golden Boy, Crosby is expected to be the face of just about every NHL event, especially when that event is highlighting the league's star players. In 2009, Crosby traveled to Montreal for the All-Star Weekend despite missing the Game with a different injury.
This year, Crosby's not even going to bother. Via the team:
Sidney Crosby will not attend NHL All-Star Weekend festivities in Raleigh Jan. 28-30 while he continues to recover from a concussion, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced today.
"Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free," General Manager Ray Shero said in making the announcement. "The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon."
Crosby will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins host the New York Islanders at CONSOL Energy Center. He has not been cleared to resume physical activity.
It's expected that Crosby's line mate, Evgeni Malkin, will skip the All-Star Game with an injury of his own.