Time for Crosby to become Sid the Adult

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

The nickname no longer seems appropriate: Sid is not a Kid anymore.

He may look like a kid with those large eyes and that wide, familiar smile. He may be only 26 years old, young to some of us, but not necessarily by sporting standards.

But here’s the startling number when it comes to Sidney Crosby, who sometimes, just not often enough, has been the best player in all of hockey: This is Year 9 of his National Hockey League career. And somehow that seems in need of recount.

For all kinds of reasons, this still seems like the formative stages of his career. He still feels like a resource untapped. Like the best has yet to come for Crosby.

And maybe it will. Maybe this year as the NHL returns to a full 82-game season. Maybe this is the year of Sid The Adult.

He has had his moments, his times in the past. A Stanley Cup win and a Stanley Cup loss in Pittsburgh. The Golden Goal in Vancouver in 2010. Just not enough of them to have all the hype meet all the expectation. Just not enough of them for those of us who want our superstars to be Gretzky and Lemieux all rolled up in a ball of Bobby Orr.


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