Sidney Crosby will likely never play in the NBA again, but that doesn’t mean the superstar center won’t still be around.
The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar is still in good spirits after playing in the 2014 Olympics, and he told reporters Thursday that he hasn’t yet given up on playing in Russia.
“I’m not quitting, and I’m still trying to get back in the lineup,” Crosby said.
“I haven’t given up yet, but I’m definitely still trying.”
Crosby, who turns 32 next month, also said that he wants to be a role model for young hockey players in the U.S. and around the world.
“That’s the biggest thing I want to do is help the kids that I play with grow,” Crosby told reporters at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
“Hopefully I can help them be a better player.
So, I’ll be around the country a lot, I’m going to be in the gym a lot.
So hopefully I can do that.”
Crockett’s future in Russia is still unclear, but there is some speculation that he will retire.
Crossey has a $6.9 million cap hit next season, and if he is traded this summer, the Penguins could be able to use the $4.965 million they have in cap space to trade him for a top-six forward or a goaltender.
However, Crosby’s contract will be paid before he hits unrestricted free agency in 2020, and the Penguins have to clear $5.65 million in cap room in 2019.
Corsons contract is one of the reasons he’s one of just two players on the Penguins’ roster to have a contract longer than four years.
He’ll turn 32 in March and will have until 2022 to prove he still has it.
Crocketts career is not without its ups and downs, however.
The center missed six months of the 2014-15 season because of a broken foot.
After playing in eight playoff games, Crosby missed another nine games in November because of concussion symptoms.
After missing four games with a broken hand in April, Crosby returned to the lineup in time to score a goal in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.
But Crosby did not miss the playoffs for the third time in four years, and his play was better than expected.
He has 15 goals and 18 assists in the playoffs, and Crosby has six playoff playoff points.
Crysen scored four goals in the Cup Final, including a hat trick and a shootout winner in the Stanley Series against the Chicago Blackhawks.
He had six goals and five assists in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games, including an assist in Game 5 against the New York Rangers in the championship series.
Crisons performance was one of many factors that led to his trade to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Penguins have a $5 million cap number and could clear $3.5 million in space by trading Crosby.
Croys deal is the latest in a series of moves the Penguins made this offseason, and it could prove to be one of their biggest in years.
The Penguins have spent the last two offseasons building around Crosby and other top prospects.
They are set to start rebuilding at center, with new coach Dan Bylsma having been promoted to general manager after the 2017-18 season.
Pittsburgh has three pending unrestricted free agents: goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Kris Letang, and forward Matt Cullen.
Fleury and Letang were both part of the 2017 Stanley Cup championship team, while Cullen was drafted in the first round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014.
Cullen and Cullen both play for the St. Louis Blues, who have a combined $23 million cap figure this offseASON.