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NHL Rumors: Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MAY 26: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the New York Islanders in Game Six of the First Round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Coliseum on May 26, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

In CSM’s NHL Rumors, we check out Sidney Crosby’s injury recovery, the downfall of the Montreal Canadiens, and the amazing San Jose Sharks. Is Sid still on the mend? Will the hapless Canadiens ever recover? Can the Sharks continue to eat teams alive? Check out CSM’s NHL Rumors!

Pittsburgh Penguins – Sidney Crosby

Rumor: Per Owen Krepps – pittsburghhockeynow.com. Sidney Crosby has been dealing with a wrist injury ever since Ryan Reaves hit him like a truck near center ice seven years ago. Sid was always able to recover each season since the injury… except for this season. His decision to have surgery on his wrist this September may be questioned. He is not rushing his return, since he wants to be certain he’s ready to go. How long will that take?

“It was something I was always able to manage in the summer being able to get rest, and then during the year, it was always something that would come back, and I would be able to get through it. But this year, it just wouldn’t come back over the summer when we tried to rehab it and avoid surgery,” said Crosby.

Analysis: Everyone knows Crosby, who is 34 is the toughest of competitors. While he is not rushing his comeback, how much longer can the Pittsburgh Penguins expect him to be out? Many factors can contribute to that, and with Crosby’s elevated age, it may take longer than everyone wishes.

The Pens are 2-0-2 thus far so it’s not that Crosby is critical to get back before he’s fully healed. As displayed by this video, Reaves hit Crosby with quite a force.

It’s really amazing that Crosby has been able to nurse the injury along that long without requiring surgery. When you think about it, a hockey player uses their wrist extensively. Winning battles with opposing players including where sticks are knocked out of position, and even in the critical action of shooting or passing. If anyone can come back from wrist surgery it is Sid the Kid… well he’s really not a kid anymore!

Montreal Canadiens – Shell Of Last Year’s Team

Rumor: Per Stu Cowan – montrealgazzete.com. This year’s Montreal Canadiens team is a shell of the team who went to the Stanley Cup Final about four months ago. Fans might be looking for the team to fire head coach Dominique Ducharme. General manager Marc Bergevin knows that without Shea Weber playing, things have been tough. Add in that Carey Price is still out and Bergevin realizes something must be done. As far as Weber goes he added, “I have a plan in mind that I’m trying to play out for Shea,” the GM added. “Until I do that, I’m going to keep that with me.”

Analysis: Bergevin is attempting to rally his team out of their funky start. Weber can perhaps help in another capacity than being on the ice and contributing that way. It’s difficult to imagine what role Begevin has in mind for his former captain and leader of his team. One thing is certain, if this team doesn’t snap out of it they could be an unexpected competitor for Shane Wright‘s services down the road.

The teams’ miserable play is exhibited by them being outscored 19-4 and only scoring one power play goal in 19 attempts. These stats are as of prior to their game Saturday, the 23rd against the Detroit Red Wings. Things are so dreadful that they are just two losses away from their worst start to a season since the 0-7 start of the 1938-39 season!

Bergevin and Ducharme have their work cut out for them. If the losses continue you can expect some serious changes to the roster or the management. They’re too proud of a team to allow this mediocrity. NHL rumors will be paying close attention to what happens next.

San Jose Sharks – Great Start

Rumor: Per Taylor Wirth – nbcsports.com. With the San Jose Sharks amazing 4-0 start to the 2021-22 season, can they be a potential playoff team? The way they are playing now, it could happen. They seem to do no wrong. Will it last?

Analysis: It’s a long season and four games do not make a season. Still some performances need to be recognized. Both goalies Adin Hill and James Reimer, who both just joined the Sharks this offseason, have stood out so far through four games. Hill sports a stellar 3-0 record with a .922 save percentage and a 2.00 goals-against-average. He also has one shutout. Reimer is 1-0 with a .968 save percentage and a 1.00 GAA. Tough to score on the Sharks thus far.

On the offense there’s plenty of support as well. Logan Couture has three goals and four assists. Timo Meier has two goals and five assists. And hold onto your hockey stick, even a healthy Erik Karlsson has two goals and four assists. That kind of production has to put a smile on head coach Bob Boughner’s face.

The big question is can the Sharks keep it up? Who knows, but at the rate they are playing now, anything is possible.

Be sure to check out CSM’s next edition of NHL Rumors next Wednesday!

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