Crosby waits for breakthrough in talks

Sidney Crosby spoke to TSN on Friday from Vail, Colo., about the lockout, players signing in Europe and the cancellation of the first two weeks of the regular season.

On regular season games being cancelled:

Crosby: “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. As a player, you just try to stay informed. You still have to get ready as if next week something’s going to happen.”

On the state of negotiations:

Crosby: “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, but now that I read and hear that the league wants more proposals, it’s not really going anywhere in a hurry. It’s unfortunate and, like I said, all you can really do is sit and wait and hope someone gets a great idea or they get some really positive dialogue ... At this point we all just kind of sit and wait.”

On Europe:

Crosby: “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 so that’s something I’ll talk to [agent] Pat [Brisson] about and see what he recommends and it’s kind of a unique situation with insurance and all that kind of stuff too and my history of injuries the last year and a half ... that’s something I also have to consider. I can’t forget about that. Those are things that you really don’t want to think about. I think more or less my focus or my optimism is just hopefully that there’s one meeting or one day here soon where things start to turn the right way.”

On timeline for a decision:

Crosby: “No, there’s no deadline for me. I don’t want to get too caught up with that. I’m sure the guys who decided to go, I don’t think they really had a deadline in mind. I think it’s a feel thing and when you think it’s time for you to go or you feel like you really need that ... I don’t think I’m at that point yet. 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].”

On Bobby Ryan’s comments:

Crosby: “I think guys have to do what’s best for them. I think with the way things are today you can stay informed wherever you are. Guys are professional hockey players and if they think it’s best for them to stay sharp and best for their career to keep playing hockey I think they’re entitled to that. It’s really up to the individual guy and Bobby Ryan’s able to feel that way too. 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.”