AFTER MISSING most of last season recovering from a concussion, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was forced to sit out again. He flirted with playing overseas but never did. The superstar center is finally at full health, but he has played just 28 games, including playoffs, since Jan. 5, 2011. He's not alone, though. Of last year's top 55 scorers, 31 opted to stay home during the lockout, including the Lightning's Steven Stamkos, the Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel, the Rangers' Brad Richards and twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks.
I'd Rather Be Rusty
For some players the decision to stay in game shape during the lockout didn't work out so well.
He says he's O.K., but a neck injury limited him to nine games in the German league this fall.
The playoff hero's surgically repaired left thumb—hurt in November playing in the AHL—will keep him out until at least early next month.