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Pittsburgh Penguins Head Coach Mike Johnston Wants To “Lessen The Load” On Sidney Crosby

from Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Johnston talked with Crosby in Pittsburgh, and then again in Nova Scotia — Johnston is from Dartmouth, Crosby from Cole Harbour — and was impressed with how Crosby handles himself off the ice.

“Look, if you want to have a leader in sports, the first thing I think the leader has to do is set an example,” Johnston said. “He sets a great example.

“You don't ever question his work ethic. You don't ever question his commitment. For a guy his age coming into the NHL and carrying the load that he's carried, I believe he's done a phenomenal job.

“Do we have to lessen the load? Yes.”

Johnston pointed to the importance of veteran leaders such as forwards Chris Kunitz, Pascal Dupuis and Craig Adams, as well as defenseman Paul Martin.

Another key part will be letting fellow franchise center Evgeni Malkin and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury be themselves.

“We just have to lean on those guys' ability to lead,” Johnston said. “And the guys with the Fleury- and Malkin-type energy and humor, let them balance the group out a little bit.”

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OlderThanChelios's avatar

You don’t ever question his work ethic. You don’t ever question his commitment.

And you don’t ever question his whining and crying about everything. No doubt about it. He’s a true “leader” in that department.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/25/14 at 07:34 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

And you don’t ever question his whining and crying about everything. No doubt about it. He’s a true “leader” in that department.

I agree. Some things never seem to change.

Posted by bigfrog on 08/25/14 at 10:06 PM ET

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