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Added January 24th, 2011 by Chalk

Crosby Skipping All-Star Game; Malkin Likely Will Too
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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won’t be going to Raleigh for next Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game, and teammate Evgeni Malkin is also unlikely to play in the game. Crosby has already missed nine games due to a concussion and supposedly needs more rest and relaxation to get over the first concussion of his career.

The news comes about a week after a report that said Crosby would secretly boycott the game to protest what he sees as the NHL’s lack of action to protect players from concussions. With the eyes of the sporting world firmly focused on historic hockey hotbed North Carolina next week, Crosby may be missing an opportunity to speak out more on the concussion protection issue by not actually being at the game, but he will be making a statement nonetheless.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero is claiming Crosby staying home was a team decision:  “The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon.”

Malkin has missed the last two games with a knee injury and a sinus infection. Crosby’s sidekick first injured his knee in October, but has aggravated the injury twice this month. On Sunday, the Pittsburgh Tribune, reported that the team considers Malkin’s chances of playing in the All-Star Game “very slim.”

The Penguins will still be represented in the All-Star Game by defenseman Kris Letang and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who like Crosby and Malkin were voted starters by fans.

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