Although there wasn’t much hope anyway that this Sidney Crosby-is-a-diver storyline was going away, Michel Therrien breathed new life into after practice today in defending his captain.
And for the record, it didn’t take much prodding, either.
“Where Iâ€™m kind of disappointed is that thereâ€™s gamesmanship before the series about Sidney drawing penalties,” Therrien said. “And Iâ€™m disappointed. Iâ€™m kind of disappointed about that. This is a star player that plays into traffic—a powerful skater. And when a star player like this goes to traffic and plays into traffic, well heâ€™s going to draw penalties.
“And we all know what Tom Renneyâ€™s trying to do. He tried to do it before we started the series. He tried to do it last night, I saw his comments today. Heâ€™s trying to get attention to the referees and complaining about the penalty last night at the end of the game.
â€œAs far as Iâ€™m concerned – as far as weâ€™re all concerned – itâ€™s not even close. In the 1990s, I could understand we let those things go. With the new game, itâ€™s about speed. Itâ€™s about the good players getting a chance to make plays. Itâ€™s letting those good players be able to skate if you get caught out of position.
â€œBut we know what heâ€™s trying to do. But Iâ€™m convinced the referees donâ€™t buy into those things, the league doesnâ€™t buy into those things. Why donâ€™t we give credit to a guy that plays into traffic, will get shots?
“I’m kind of disappointed they complained about.”
But how do you really feel?
The Rangers are on the ice now but surely this will become a topic of conversation once they’re done.
We had stepped outside Mellon Arena for a bite to eat between practices and saw Crosby pull over his Range Rover to sign autographs for a group of fans waiting by the parking lot.
But he left the car running!
I mean, when does it end?