Sidney Crosby confirmed he may play in Europe if the impending NHL lockout looks to be a prolonged affair, but the Pittsburgh Penguins forward added that he has nothing set in stone at this point.
Crosby talked with Pittsburgh reporters after an informal workout with teammates at the Penguins practice facility. The 25-year-old superstar will be among the 250 to 300 players expected to be in New York for NHLPA meetings on Wednesday and Thursday.
He admitted that the situation between the NHLPA and NHL does not look good in the hours leading up to the expiration of the current collective agreement on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Crosby also revealed that he has no health setbacks related to his concussion and felt fine all summer as he stepped up his training in Los Angles and most recently in Vail, Col. under the watchful eye of his personal trainer, Andy O'Brien.
"It's been really good," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Nothing. I've been feeling 100 per cent. It feels good to not have to think about that, and to work as hard as you want. It's been really good."
Crosby has been limited to 28 regular season and playoff games since Jan. 2011 due to concussion and neck-related ailments.
The native of Cole Harbour, N.S. signed a 12-year, $104.4-million US extension this summer. So if he does wind up in Europe, there will be insurance concerns.
Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, did not want to comment on his client's possible move to Europe if the lockout is prolonged nor a possible destination. But last month, Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin stated that he would do his best to recruit his Pittsburgh teammate to Metallurg Magnitogorsk, where Malkin plans to suit up in the event of an NHL lockout this season.
Meanwhile, Russia's Kontinental Hockey League issued some guidelines on Tuesday for its teams wanting to sign locked out NHL players. No team can sign more than three NHL players and only one of those players can be foreign-born.
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