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Pens coach Sullivan reveals Crosby’s possible retirement plan

Is the NHL pause making the star player think about hanging up the skates?

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Head coaches have to keep busy during the NHL pause and so on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss Mike Sullivan went on the air of ‘Hockey Central at Noon’ and talk about his best player Sidney Crosby. 

While he had a lot to say about his talent, Sullivan also commented on the possibility that Crosby could become a terrific coach once he decides to hang up the skates. 

“If he wanted to be a coach, I think he would be a terrific coach because he is such a student of the game,” Sullivan said. “That’s something that I think would be a personal decision from his standpoint, but if he does choose to go down that path, I think he would be terrific at it. … I could see him staying involved in the game in some capacity because he loves it so much, he has such a passion for it.”

However, let’s not freak out here, Sullivan does not believe Sid is even close to being ready to call it a career on the ice. 

“It wouldn’t surprise me one bit when Sid’s done playing the game somewhere down the line, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon because he loves the game as much as he does,” Sullivan added. 

While some fans have started to wonder if Alexander Ovechkin will retire before he manages to beat Wayne Gretzky’s goal record, we have to realize that Crosby is not that much younger than Ovi. 

Crosby, who turns 33 in August, was the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Penguins and has 1,263 points (462 goals, 801 assists) in 984 regular-season games in 15 seasons and is Pittsburgh’s leader in games played.

When do you think he will be ready to hang up the skates? And will he go into coaching?