Sunday, August 3, 2008

Crosby On The Hossa Defection

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review runs a great interview with Sidney Crosby today on the occasion of his 21st birthday later this week and resumption of training after a heartbreaking loss to Red Wings in the Cup final.

For a superstar, and a player who has long been in the spotlight, Crosby gives surprisingly honest and interesting interviews. Most star players are masters of saying absolutely nothing of import or value in concise 15 second soundbites.

In the piece, Crosby doesn't outright condemn Marian Hossa's departure for Motown but you get the impression that he's not pleased with his decision

"Q: How did you react upon learning Marian Hossa would not re-sign with the Penguins?

A: I was pretty surprised. He told me that he really enjoyed it in Pittsburgh. He loved the team and the city. He never had one bad thing to say.

Q: Have you spoken with Hossa since he signed with Detroit?

A: We've played phone tag, but I haven't talked to him yet. I thought he liked it here. He was great to play with. It's too bad.

Q: What is your reaction when a former teammate that played alongside you in the Stanley Cup final says another team gives him a better chance to win the Stanley Cup next year?

A: To be honest, if you look at (the Red Wings), they haven't lost anyone. We came within two games, but they won, and they haven't lost one guy. Maybe on paper they have the best chance to win the Cup and, in his mind, that is what he thinks. If you ask anybody else, that's the way it looks. I'm not mad at him or anything like that. That's just the way it is.

Q: Do you derive any extra motivation from his comments?

A: We have enough motivation in the fact that we came that close and didn't win. Whether he said that or not doesn't matter. "

- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Plus, if you read the whole interview, you get to find out what kind of booze The Kid likes.

PS: It's not a classy beverage by any means.

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