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Sidney Crosby, the ‘vanilla’ face of the NHL?

USA Today's Kevin Allen discussed the maturation of Sidney Crosby--or perhaps the lack of the need for any real maturation--in a particularly long "backgrounder," and this...Well, this is, in my opinion, why people find Crosby so frustrating in terms of his off-ice personality:

"I'm pretty old-fashioned," Crosby told USA TODAY Sports. "I never feel the need to say where I am. Because I do a lot of interviews, people might believe I want my opinion heard. But I don't ever feel a need to share my opinion. This just comes with the territory."

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Some athletes bristle at tough questions, or joust with the news media about questions being asked. But that's not Crosby's style because it's not his personality.

"When you are asked a question, that question reflects someone else's opinion," Crosby said. "And my opinion may be different than their opinion, but it's not the place to get into an argument over my opinion and your opinion. They are trying to do their job the best they can, and I have to do my job by answering the question the best I can."

He is far more likely to mix it up with a Philadelphia Flyers forward than to end up in a verbal sparring match with the media. But he has empathy for players who do have squabbles with the media, such as Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel, who recently called a reporter an "idiot" after a hostile exchange.

"We've all been in that situation where you see where the angle of the question is going and you don't agree with it," Crosby said. "What I saw in that was people being human. Obviously, you don't want that to happen, but I don't blame (Kessel) because of the position he was put in. At the same, the person asking the question is doing their job. To me, it was just human nature taking over. "

Not everything works out the way Crosby wants, but he seems to give considerable thought to what he says and does.

"At some point, how you act is just who you are," he said. "I may not always have the most exciting answers, but that's who I am. I can't change that."

Allen continues, and therein lies the Crosby conundrum: he becomes very visibly upset at referees, he becomes very visibly upset at other players, but when he exits the ice, a tense exchange is the most you can hope from Mr. Lack of Personality.

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