Let me get a few important things out of the way...
First off, I want Crosby back and playing hockey in the NHL as badly as anyone else who enjoys watching the best skilled players play the game. I think he is important to the game, right now at least, because he was viewed by many as the best player in the game prior to his concussion(s) suffered last year. How can he not be important to the league and the game of hockey is this is/was so?
Second, I know a lot of people are thinking "poor Sid" right now...and as far as his NHL hockey career goes, that's not really an exaggerated sympathy. Without doubt, the resumption of his hockey career is very much in question because he, and his doctors, just don't know when it will happen. Obviously, the longer it takes to figure out WHEN, the more people will start to speculate IF it will ever happen. As bad as that may sound, it's not the end of the world. Much more importantly, the rest of his life, his non-hockey life, seems to be normal.
Third, people who wish bad things for anybody because they don't like a person's style or don't think a particular person is deserving of attention that they get, and then spend a lot of time complaining or analyzing that person, really need to spend at least as much time examining themselves. People who post hate videos that target Eklund or Crosby - or anybody else for that matter - should put the same time, thought and effort into looking in the mirror to find out why they feel so strongly in such a negative way. Unless these particular people you target with your anger are negatively impacting your life on a daily basis, in a way that YOU CANNOT CONTROL, you have to see that YOU ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT THEM. Eklund and Crosby are NOT terrorists or dictators. Honestly, if you don't like them, ignore them. If you see another Crosby article on a hockey site, and it makes you so angry that you get out your video camera and record a Youtube video about it, maybe you should speak to a professional counselor. Seriously.
With all of that said...
I think Crosby's current situation should help change the NHL...but it should be because of ALL THE OTHER PLAYERS that have been down this road before...those who had to quit the game due to their injuries. Some of those guys are still suffering from what happened to them.
It's POSSIBLE, that Sid will never play again...sure it is. But right now, the good news is, the rest of his life seems to be normal.
Can the same thing be said for Marc Savard?
As much as I want Crosby back, what I really want is roll back the clock and change the rules to BEFORE the Cooke hit on Savard. Or better yet, before the countless other hits that were questionable and caused damage to athletes who then tried to play the game again before they were truly healed.
Would that have stopped Matt Cooke? Nobody knows for sure, but it might have.
In some ways, Crosby SHOULD BE no more important than any other NHL player.
But right now, he should be THE MOST IMPORTANT NHL player when it comes to this issue and the NHL doing the best it can to 1) eliminate the types of borderline hits that lead to many of the concussions we have seen and 2) ensure that players who have or are suspected of having a concussion receive the proper medical treatment and are not allowed to resume playing until they are 100% healthy.
Not recognizing Crosby's importance, at this particular time, would be a dis-service...an injustice even...to everybody on the list below...
Dave Scatchard (edit)
...and EVERYBODY who plays the game going forward...
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