Posted on: November 10, 2009 9:48 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2009 9:51 pm
I loved Sidney Crosby. I really did. When I saw him in his rookie season-breaking the record for youngest player to reach 100 points. But after 3 100 point seasons in 4 years...which is great. After that, and this the 5th year. I'd like a trade. I know I'll probably get hammered for this but....Evgeni Malkin and 2 All-Star wingers are more than enough fair market value. Dany Heatley and Marian Hossa for #87. I'll take it!. Sure a trade like that is hard to ink and even harder to actually pull off. Evgeni Malkin is a Monster who uses his size oh so well. Something Sid just can't. Go to Youtube and search Evgeni Malkin Highlight Video and you will be treated to a jaw-dropping array of plays that he single-handedly produced! My God. What a talent. Who needs a supporting cast. Now The Next One. But since Evgeni Malkin proved he can carry the Pittsburgh Penguins on his back when Sidney Crosby is out. All the Penguins need is a great pure-goal scorer winger and a Ron Francis-ish #2 center.
Posted on: October 14, 2009 10:09 pm
Sidney Crosby, one the NHL's primier playmakers decided during the offseason that he would shoot more instead of doing what he does best-distribute the puck. The result? Disasterious. A paltry 5 points in 7 games. What? Stop listening to the critics. Stop listening to the naysayers that are puting Alexander Ovechkin on a plateau above you. Fact is part of the naysayers is true. Part. Ovechkin will always have more goals. Accept it. You'll sleep better. Good advice given by Charleton Heston in the original Planet Of The Apes. Accept it, you'll sleep better at night.
And what shame is there in being the front runner for top assist man year after year? None. Look at Jumbo Joe Thornton. He's accepted that he will make his mark in the NHL and ultimately...hopefully the Hockey Hall Of Fame in Toronto-by being a crisp passer. His 90 assist season put his in the same breath as Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux.
So Sidney. Please. For the Pittsburgh Penguins' sake. For Lord Stanley's sake. Just do what you do best. Pile up 80-90 assist seasons with 35+ goal seasons. You will challenge Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin for the Art Ross instead of averaging less than a poin-a-game.
Posted on: June 22, 2009 8:43 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2009 3:21 pm
Long before NHL fans got a glimpse of Alexander Ovechkin take the ice. There was the Original Alexander The Great, #89 Alexander Mogilny. A wide-eyed super talent who defected from then Communist Soviet Union and joined the Buffalo Sabres at the tender age of 19. The culture shock and the Sabres failture to give him ample icetime probably prevented him from winning the Calder Trophy. But in 1993, the NHL witnessed the Russian's coming out party. Ironically his paralled another future Hall Of Famer Teenu Selanne. Playing alongside star center Pat Lafontaine and veteran superstar Dale Hawerchuck, Mogilny exploded for 76 goals and a superstar was born. Following seasons continued to see him consistantly score 45-50 goals. Despite playing in a clutch-and-grab era, his speed and agility where unmatched. One can only imagine and salvate at the astronomical point totals he would've accumulated had be played with Mario Lemieux. He would've undoubtedly dethroned Jari Kurri as the greatest scoring linemate.
Alexander was well on his way to becoming the first Russian born and trained player to score 500 and amass 1,000 points. He ended up going one for two. After winning the Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2001, the Injury Bug hit him hard. Various injuries including one to his hip dramaticly put the brakes on his Lightning-fast skates. Yet, in 990 games he still managed 473 goals/559 assists and 1032 points. It could've been way more. And the fact that he was cheated out of being called the greatest Russian this side of Ovechkin will always sting. But he has a Stanley Cup. And a future home in Toronto in The Hockey Hall Of Fame. At least he should.