Sidney Crosby is a Steven Stamkos fan.
He also is a friend to Stamkos, whose MVP start to the NHL season was halted by gruesome injury on Monday. Stamkos is out indefinitely with a broken right tibia.
“I just felt terrible seeing that, seeing him — it looked like a lot of pain,” Crosby said after the Penguins practiced at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.
Crosby “wished him well” in a text message sent within minutes of seeing video footage of Stamkos colliding with a goal post in Tampa Bay's loss at Boston.
Few players know what awaits Stamkos better than Crosby, who played in only eight games from Jan. 5, 2011 to March 14, 2012, because of concussion symptoms. That experience — especially the 10 months before his brief return in November 2012 — provided Crosby with a new perspective on the emotional toll that accompanies a lengthy absence from daily hockey activities, he said.
“There's so much you miss,” Crosby said. “For me, it was competing and being around the guys....