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Crosby waiting for 'great idea' to emerge in CBA talks

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TSN.ca Staff
10/5/2012 8:21:18 PM
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Sidney Crosby is just another NHLer hoping that inspiration suddenly strikes in ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

Reached after a training camp in Vail, Colorado on Friday, Crosby expressed his frustration with the lack of progress in reaching a deal.

"All you can really do is sit and wait and hope someone gets a great idea or they get some really positive dialogue," Crosby told TSN.

With the lockout now in its 20th day, the 25-year-old believes the building blocks for a deal are in place, despite rhetoric coming from the league and Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Despite not serving as Pittsburgh's NHLPA player representative (a job that belongs to Craig Adams), Crosby has been visible throughout negotiations, often appearing at the forefront of NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr's media addresses.

"You look back to those meetings in New York and we felt like we put a pretty good proposal on the table and something that can be tinkered with maybe, but I think the structure of it is definitely something that would help everyone," Crosby said. "But now that I read and hear that the league wants more proposals, it's not really going anywhere in a hurry."

The league announced Thursday that the opening 82 games would be cancelled as a result of the lockout, meaning the earliest possible start date for the 2012-13 season now stands at Oct. 25.

Still, Crosby is preaching patience and preparation as players wait for a resolution, despite the lack of forward movement in talks.

"There hasn't been a ton of optimism with what's gone on so I think you expect things like that to happen when there's no progress," Crosby said. "As a player you just try to stay informed. You still have to get ready as if next week something's going to happen."

However, unlike many of his fellow players, Crosby hasn't felt rushed to get playing and sign overseas.

"I don't think I'm at that point yet," he told TSN. "Maybe the fact that I haven't played that many games is helping me to be patient in a situation like this so maybe that's a silver lining [laughs].

"I think you're seeing now more and more guys go over so whether that's because they're not too optimistic that it's going to [end] any time soon or they're tired of waiting, whatever the case is, it's starting to happen more."

Crosby also pointed out that his insurance situation was unique due to accumulated injuries and that he'd have to discuss any move with his agent, Pat Brisson, first.

However, the Penguins captain reiterated that he believes waiting out the stoppage is an individual decision that will be different from player to player.

Anaheim Ducks forward Bobby Ryan spoke out Thursday, stating he'd rather wait out the negotiations in North America as opposed to signing overseas.

"I'm going to continue to skate with the guys," Ryan told the New Jersey Courier-Post. "I think it's important to stay here (in the United States) and be part of the solution and not just run from it."

Crosby wouldn't speak to one approach being right or wrong.

"It's really up to the individual guy and Bobby Ryan's able to feel that way too," Crosby said. "If he wants to stay close to things and stay on top of everything that's great for us as well. I think it's really an individual decision and I don't see one way being better than the other."

CBA negotiations resumed in Toronto on Friday with the two sides expected to touch base over the weekend by phone to set up further talks for the week ahead.

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