Sidney Crosby might not retire in Pittsburgh, connected to two teams

Published December 11, 2023 at 1:13 PM
After missing the playoffs for the first time in over 11 years and the hiring of Kyle Dubas as President and GM, a new era of the Pittsburgh Penguins are beginning.

The old era of the Penguins, and their core of players over the age of 35, are getting to the end of the road of their careers. After missing the playoffs last year and struggling again to compete this season, it's now looking like a possibility that the Penguins may move on from some of their franchise legends, including Sidney Crosby.

According to Steve Dangle of SDPN, reports have circulated over the last few years that Crosby would be open to going somewhere else to close out his career, especially if the Penguins aren't in the playoffs. Apparently, Crosby has connected to his childhood favourite Montreal Canadiens, and Colorado Avalanche with his hometown friend Nathan Mackinnon.

All the whispers I've heard over, I would say, the last three years or four years, there's a solid chance he would end his career somewhere other than Pittsburgh. Montreal is one name that I've heard out there, and then joining MacKinnon in Colorado.

It would certainly be shocking if the Penguins finalized their fall from grace with the trading of Sidney Crosby, but it would be the right thing to do if the Captain truly desired a change. After giving his entire career to Pittsburgh, the Penguins owe him as much to accommodate his wishes at the end of his career.

Crosby will go down in history as one of the greatest, most complete players of all time. Drafted first overall by the Penguins in 2005, hrs played his entire career with the team, winning back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2015 and 2016. In 1216 career games, he's recorded an incredible 565 goals and 1529 points. It would truly be shocking to see him be traded, and appear for any other team than the Pittsburgh Penguins - but it's now a possibility.
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