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Sidney Crosby Is Not A Coach-Killer

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Crosby's playoff performance is fair game for criticism. He wasn't very good last season, either, when the Penguins were swept by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference final. He didn't have a point in the four games. You expect so much more from the so-called best player in the world, the man who ran away with the NHL scoring title this season and surely will be named the MVP when the league hands out its awards next month.

But many of the personal attacks on Crosby since the Rangers series have been unfair, unjustified and untrue. Talk about way over the top. It has been amazing, yet sad, to watch a sports icon here take such a hard fall. It has been so bad in some places for Crosby that even his dad, Troy, has been a target of blame for being too much of a meddling father. It really has been pretty silly.

Crosby is not a bad guy. He is not a bad teammate. He is not a bad captain or a bad leader. Most of all, he is not a coach-killer.

By playing poorly, Crosby didn't do his bosses any favors. It's fair to think general manager Ray Shero wouldn't have been fired if the Penguins had finished off the Rangers, no matter how they would have done against the Montreal Canadiens in the next round.

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The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

Posted by SlimChance on 05/25/14 at 09:58 AM ET

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Please Paul don’t link Ron Cook writing about Hockey ! he is a Moron most of the time, But with hockey 101% of the time

Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/14 at 10:03 AM ET

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Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/14 at 10:03 AM ET

I like where EP is going with this. Just stop posting about the Penguins because all of their writers are useless. Hell, give EP his own blog on here. EP is clearly the most knowledgeable person about the team and organization.

Posted by redwingshomersLOL on 05/25/14 at 10:42 AM ET

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.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Ah yes another AMWings fan trying to be funny Ron Cook Hates Hockey, when their were in bankruptcy do to Howard Baldwin awful economic sense he sad “I Hope the Penguins move” is this a guy you think knows anything about hockey or even cares about it? he has a show on 93.7 The Fan in the Burgh 10AM-2PM listen for yourself & make up your own mind

Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/14 at 11:13 AM ET

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Ever since the refs gave the penguins the cup out of fear of humiliating Cindy twice, Pens fans have gotten quite uppity

Posted by SlimChance on 05/25/14 at 11:17 AM ET

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is this a guy you think knows anything about hockey or even cares about it?

I would contend a majority of the Pens “fan” base falls into this category. Hockey is something to pass the time until football starts again.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/25/14 at 11:25 AM ET

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[ Red Winger/strong] yes I know that there are so many many AMWings who know there stuff, that they still can’t get over the fact that they lost to Failsma & lost game 6 & Game 7 at home for God’s sake but can you get your Heads out of a particular orifice & then Fall of your high horse

Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/14 at 12:20 PM ET

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yes I know that there are so many many AMWings who know there stuff, that they still can’t get over the fact that they lost to Failsma & lost game 6 & Game 7 at home for God’s sake but can you get your Heads out of a particular orifice & then Fall of your high horse

Posted by Evilpens on 05/25/14 at 12:20 PM ET

I love how you think this is a good comeback to really shut us Wings fans up. You keep bringing it out like it’s gonna end the argument. Really, it has nothing to do with anything and you just have nothing else to say because you don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re like a child.

Posted by awould on 05/25/14 at 12:30 PM ET

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OK, enough of the Wings/Pens stuff.

Holiday weekend, trying to relax a bit and I would appreciate if we stay on topic.

Thanks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/25/14 at 12:31 PM ET

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Please..enough of the Crosby talk..period. He’s receiving just as much focus as the current playoff teams..maybe even more. His team was eliminated from the playoffs and the constant publicity is really unwarranted.

Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 05/25/14 at 04:58 PM ET

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Posted by rjman48 from Royal Oak on 05/25/14 at 04:58 PM ET

Quoted for truth.

And anyone calling me a Red Wings fan….clearly has comprehension problems given the username. lol.

Posted by redwingshomersLOL on 05/25/14 at 05:37 PM ET

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