Sidney Crosby has been ruled out of tomorrow’s season opener against the Capitals, Penguins Coach Mike Sullivan told reporters on Wednesday.
Crosby was hurt last Friday in practice and was diagnosed with a concussion on Monday. The Penguins captain skated by himself on Tuesday and wore a no-contact jersey while skating with his teammates on Wednesday.
Sullivan officially ruled Crosby out after practice.
Capitals coach Barry Trotz called Crosby’s injury “unfortunate.”
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“Actually,” Trotz said after Washington’s practice Wednesday in Arlington, Va. “I wish he was playing. I do. Going into Pittsburgh, you want to see their best, right from the start.”
Crosby, who missed significant portions of two seasons due to head injuries earlier in his career, had been at the top of his game in recent months.
He captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in June, then he was named MVP of the World Cup after leading Team Canada to the championship.
“I got to spend some time with Sid at the World Cup of hockey,” said Trotz, who was an assistant on Team Canada. “He’s a good person. He’s a terrific payer. He’s all those things. It’s unfortunate. He’s had a lot of them. You see a top player have a lot of concussions, that’s not good for any athlete. Just wish him well.”