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Report: Crosby won’t jump to Europe in near future

Sidney Crosby, Evegeni Malkin

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, left, and Evgeni Malkin of Russia, are introduced before the the Penguins first home NHL hockey game of the season against the Florida Panthers in Pittsburgh Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011. Crosby and Malkin did not play in the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


It will take a lengthy lockout for Sidney Crosby to play hockey overseas, Darren Dreger reports.

There’s “literally zero chance” he’ll go in the next couple months, according to Dreger. The odds would reportedly increase substantially if the work stoppage extends to November/December, though.

One big issue Dreger points out is insurance coverage.

That was a significant question before he signed his whopping contract extension during the 2011-12 season and Dreger indicates that Crosby would need to accept less coverage if he decides to make the jump.

Then again, Crosby skated in just 22 regular season and six playoff contests last season, so getting more reps - and merely playing hockey - might be enough to inspire a brief KHL jaunt.

Either way, Dreger’s report indicates that you’ll need to wait if you were hoping for a KHL clash between Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.