Just as with their individual injuries during last season, the talk surrounding Sidney Crosby’s off-season training and his return to the ice for the upcoming season is somewhat secretive while there has been some buzz around Evgeni Malkin’s return which seems more likely. Word of Crosby’s training this off-season has been pretty non-existent aside from the upload of a single amateur video to YouTube after it was confirmed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, he was back on track with on-ice workouts.
For the past few weeks, the Penguins official web-page has been featuring video (and a few photos) of Malkin’s training – six videos total that show Malkin training both on and off the ice. Pittsburgh’s strength and conditioning coach, Mike Kadar, flew over to Russia to help Malkin start his off-season (post-knee surgery) regime.
These videos definitely create more anticipation for the season to begin with the hope of the exciting things that a healthy “two-headed monster” (Crosby and Malkin) could produce.
Especially after what Kadar had to say about his experience with Malkin in Russia and the impression of how his training went (“From Russia with Love: Kadar Q&A”), he’s on track to have a great season; perhaps, one of his best yet.
How did the workouts and training regiment with Malkin go?
I have known ‘Geno’ for five years now and I have never seen him this committed to getting healthier and wanting to do well. It has been an eye-opener for me with his determination and work ethic. He is committed to it every day, and with no short cuts.
As for the video of Crosby skating this summer (below), it mysteriously showed up on YouTube a few weeks ago and created a small stir on the internet. The individual who posted the video on YouTube (CullensVids1) did not respond to a request for more information, but it appears that Crosby is at the BMO Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia on one of four NHL-size rinks. The video was taken during the week of July 18th and, despite many assumptions to the contrary, the person in goal is not Sid’s sister, Taylor Crosby.
With this and the possibility of getting Crosby back on the ice at 100 percent, there are good things on the horizon for Pittsburgh this coming season.