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by Paul on 01/17/10 at 11:16 AM ET
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Right now, he is to the best player debate what Conan O’Brien is to “The Tonight Show.” Actually, O’Brien’s future with NBC might be more promising than the Penguins’ Stanley Cup hopes if Malkin doesn’t rediscover is galloping greatness.
They’ll be lucky to win a playoff round with this version of Malkin.
How fortunate for Malkin, the Penguins’ most talented player, that he is not their most scrutinized, even though he and captain Sidney Crosby each count $8.7 million against the salary cap.
Crosby was a marvel this past week in Western Canada, expertly handling off-ice responsibilities that Malkin usually begs to ignore (even in the comforts of Pittsburgh) — often using the excuse of a limited understanding of English to avoid PR situations that Crosby has handled since he was, oh, 13.
I know that Malkin understands English well enough to routinely give Crosby a break from granting interviews and shooting commercials to promote his team and sport. He chooses not to do much more than just play hockey, but he can just play hockey because of Crosby’s willingness to do all the off-ice heavy lifting befitting a true superstar.
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