The internet rumor mill was churning out news this weekend about Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby considering retirement after suffering a concussion in the Winter Classic against the Washington Capitals. Bob McCown of Fan590 in Canada reported on Friday that he heard the Crosby family was attempting to convince Sidney to hang up the skates, but the report has since been renounced according to ESPN.

Not true, said the superstar player’s father.

“Not at all,” Troy Crosby, from his Halifax, Nova Scotia, home, told ESPN. “We’re just trying to get him healthy again. However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”

Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson also refuted the report.

As for Crosby’s status?

“He’s progressing,” said Brisson. “But there is no timetable.”

While the report has been denied by a couple of sources, it still says much about the the state of Crosby’s injury. He may not be considering retirement, but David Steckel’s hit could completely alter the way Crosby plays for the rest of his career.

Do you think Crosby will ever be the same?