Sidney Crosby still processing 2018 Olympic talks

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Sidney Crosby is taking a wait-and-see approach to the latest talks about NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics.

The NHL is reportedly offering a deal that would send NHL players to the Pyeongchang Winter Games if the NHL Players’ Association extends the collective bargaining agreement for what’s believed to be three years.

Hockey insider Bob McKenzie said that option is being met negatively by players, but Crosby wasn’t ready to analyze it Thursday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“In time we’ll all talk about it and kind of get everyone’s opinion,” Crosby said, according to the newspaper. “Right now everyone’s trying to get ideas. Everyone’s trying to see how things would work.

“Ultimately we’ll see if that ends up being the case because the Olympics is a big topic of conversation right now. That’s something that’s being talked about a lot. We’ll see what happens.”

Crosby hasn’t joined the stance of longtime Russian rival Alex Ovechkin, who has said he will play in the 2018 Olympics regardless of the NHL’s stance.

“I haven’t thought that far ahead, and I don’t know what the situation is going to be at that point, but I’m definitely not going to declare that right now,” Crosby said in September, according to NHL.com. “Kind of wait and see what happens. But if [Ovechkin] feels that strongly about it, I don’t have a problem with that. If he wants to represent his country and be there that’s his choice.”

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