10 All-Star Weekend observations

Updated: January 30, 2012, 4:39 PM ET
By Craig Custance

OTTAWA -- During All-Star Weekend, the hockey world descends on one city, making it the rare location where you can find all facets of the hockey community in one place -- the commissioner, the best players in the world, owners, GMs, agents. For the hockey media, it's an ideal place to get work done.

So with All-Star Weekend concluded, here are 10 observations and things I learned in three days of chats, scrums and extended conversations:

1. The Penguins plan to be patient in addressing needs before the trade deadline. With the news of his neck injury, Sidney Crosby managed to dominate a lot of the discussion in Ottawa despite his absence. I asked GM Ray Shero how Crosby's uncertainty affects Pittsburgh's game plan at the Feb. 27 deadline. "It's one month away. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it. We'll see where Sid is," Shero said. "We went through that last year. ... As a manager, you have to be flexible and change your course of action. That's part of the job."