Prior to January 1st, 2011, Sidney Crosby was arguably the best player in hockey. He had all the tools and the will to become the closest thing to the next Wayne Gretzky. During the Winter Classic, Crosby received a cheap shot from Capitals center, David Steckel, giving him a concussion that has been the source of Crosby’s downfall. On November 21st, just a few weeks ago, Crosby played his first game since January 5th and seemed to be just fine scoring two goals and assisting two goals as well. However just a few days ago, Crosby took a hard hit and stayed on the ground momentarily before limping off the ice. Even though the injury had nothing to do with his head, and despite the fact that he wanted to get back in the game, the Penguins would not allow it for fear of any further injury. While this may seem customary, for a team to protect their star player, it looks like Crosby will be labeled as a “fragile” player for the rest of his career, not in the sense that he is weak or a wuss, but just that the Penguins will not take any chances when it comes to an injury involving Sid. It is very unfortunate for Crosby because he is still young and still has so much potential, but with the nature of most hockey players and the amount of violence involved in the game, it seems like he will never be the same.