Jeremy Roenick is tired of the Sidney Crosby drama. The player turned Versus analyst went on a bit of a rant Monday night on “NHL Overtime” about the Penguins superstar still not being ready to play after a concussion suffered nine months ago.
“I love watching Sidney Crosby, but aren’t you guys sick of all this by now?” Roenick said. “I’m sick of it. I’m sick and tired of listening to Sidney Crosby saying, ‘Nothing is new yet.’ ”
As host Bill Patrick and Eddie Olczyk tried to calm him down, Roenick continued.
“Just don’t interview him anymore. I know he’s the best player in the league, the best player in the world,” Roenick said. “Head shots are very, very difficult. I’m not saying he’s not hurt. There’s no question. I’ve been hit very, very hard. I understand what concussions are all about.you have to be very concerned about this. But enough.”
No one is saying Roenick is insensitive to the current concussion issue that is gripping hockey and various other sports. He just doesn’t want reporters asking Crosby about it until he’s playing.
“Get on the ice, let’s get going. … Let’s start hitting. Let’s get back in,” Roenick said. “I don’t wanna hear every day ‘How’s your head? How’s your head? How’s your head?’ I don’t wanna watch Sidney Crosby tell me every single day how there’s nothing new to report. Enough already.”
But, as Olczyk pointed out, “When you’re the face of the National Hockey League, people wanna know every day.”
A friendly reminder: The Capitals travel to Pittsburgh to face the Crosby-less, perhaps Evgeni Malkin-less Penguins on Thursday.