Sidney Crosby's Return: Kind Of A Big Deal

If you haven't heard, Sidney Crosby will be back in the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup this evening as the team hosts the New York Islanders. TSN sent several reporters via a small prop plane at the last minute to Pittsburgh to cover the event, just contributing to the media circus that's surrounding the game.

They say this Crosby guy is kind of a big deal.

Here's a full list of NHL.com's coverage today:

  • Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero will be on NHL Live at 5:30 p.m.  NHL.com will also post the interview. 
  • Dave Strader, who is calling the game on VERSUS, will call into NHL Live 
  • NHL Insider Bob McKenzie will call into NHL Live 
  • NHL Network analysts and commentators Barry MelroseDarren Dreger and Marc Crawford along with NHL.com Senior Writer Dan Rosen will be reporting live from Pittsburgh for NHL Live (5-7pm ET) and NHL On the Fly (7pm ET - end of last game).     
  • Pre-game Crosby reaction story 
  •  Penguins teammates' reaction story 
  • Islanders react to being Sid's first opponent 
  • Photo gallery documenting Crosby's first game back in photos 
  • NHL.com videographer will be filing video reports both pre and post-game, including an iso-cam feature on Crosby's first shift 
  • Running blog of each Crosby shift 
  • Game story 
  • Post-game reaction story    

Yes, that's right. A running blog of every one of his shifts. Somebody is getting paid not to watch the game this evening between the Penguins and Islanders, but to solely watch Sidney Crosby's every move. 

Then, there's the Penguins website today. Go to penguins.nhl.com. You'll see this:

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This would never happen with any other hockey player ever, would it?

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