Via Kukla’s Korner, Sidney Crosby spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Jason Mackey regarding the end of Henrik Zetterberg’s playing career:
Crosby and Zetterberg did battle on the ice many times, never more heated than in the 2008 and 2009 Cup finals, but Crosby always had a healthy respect for the Red Wings captain and shared his thoughts Sunday on Zetterberg walking away from the NHL.
“It’s too bad,” Crosby said after Day 3 of Penguins training camp at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. “He’s a great player. He’s been good for a really long time. You think of the Red Wings, he’s a guy who comes to mind. [Nicklas] Lidstrom, [Pavel] Datsyuk, Zetterberg, all those guys who played for so long together.
“[Zetterberg] had an amazing career. He was a tough guy to go against every single night. You knew what you were going to get from him. Just a great competitor.”
Zetterberg will turn 38 on Oct. 19. He had been Detroit’s captain since 2012-13, ranking fifth in the Original Six franchise’s record books for goals (337), assists (623) and points (960).