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by Paul on 03/13/12 at 09:54 PM ET
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
Crosby is coming back to a schedule full of teeth; the only team Pittsburgh will play that is not currently fighting for a playoff position is the Islanders; as for the rest, the Penguins see Philadelphia three times, New Jersey and the Rangers twice, and Boston, Nashville, Ottawa, Buffalo, and Winnipeg.
In other words, he will be playing against teams playing desperate hockey, against players whose futures could be changed by a playoff spot, or playoff position. If all goes well he will be playing in the accelerated ferocity of the playoffs, on a team with legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations, and he will have to re-establish a connection with a team that is used to following the magnificence of Evgeni Malkin, who has been playing a game with which most players are unfamiliar.
No, this will not be easy.
Before the trade deadline Shero told Crosby he might have to make a deal that would force him to keep Crosby off the Penguins cap for the rest of the regular season, and said that Crosby shot back, “I’m not working this hard not to come back, you know.”
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