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Unhappy Crosby?

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

If you didn't know better, you'd be looking for blood on Crosby's hands in the wake of Ray Shero's beheading and the pending demise of Dan Bylsma. You'd think he tried to orchestrate the palace coup.

Set aside, for a moment, Crosby's paltry playoff numbers. This is bigger than that. It's about the way he comported himself.

It's about the mysteriously early exits from power plays, the drifting to the bench in the middle of shifts, the uncharacteristic snapping at the coach and the perpetually blank look on his face.

If we find out he was badly injured, different story. But there is no evidence of that. The evidence suggests Crosby was unhappy and wanted the world to know it.

There are some who can't help but make excuses for Crosby. Sid's Sycophants. They have pitted him against Evgeni Malkin since the latter arrived, always favoring Sid.

You know what you'll get every night from Sid, they'd say. But Geno? Geno's too unpredictable. Geno at his worst evokes the shadowy side of Jaromir Jagr.

Yeah, that's it: Sid is Mario; Geno is Jagr.

Well, who looked like the moody, easily frustrated, coach-killer version of Jagr in these playoffs? And who looked more like Lemieux, laying it on the line in Game 7 and putting up a conference-leading point total through two series?

Imagine if Crosby were leading the conference in scoring and Malkin had one goal in his past 18 playoff games. Do you think the Sycophants would be finding excuses for Malkin?

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scotts0's avatar

No they wouldn’t and we all know why. One other thing, when it was crunch time in game 7 I noticed Malkin getting double shifted and doing everything he could, not crosby.

Posted by scotts0 from New York on 05/18/14 at 07:55 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Sid should ask for a trade, and ownership should keep Bylsma. Then we’ll see how good the Pens are with the genius behind the bench and no “coach killer” Crosby to carry the offensive load.

Seriously, I’d love to see these same idiots assess the team if Sid was traded and Bylsma was kept as coach.

Imagine Playing for the last 5 seasons under the BylsTARD & Sh(ZERO) regime?

Does he deserve blame? absolutely But what you have now is the the BylsTARD apologists lashing out @ everyone & everything to blame someone other than BylsTARD

Posted by Evilpens on 05/18/14 at 08:31 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

I think Crosby’ s upset because he still can’t grow a real mustache.
All kidding aside I’m happy to see the hockey world (media) is finally starting to see who he really is.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/18/14 at 08:44 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

The media and NHL’s love affair is over with Rosby, finally.

Yup, we were right all along: he’s a petulant kid, with no leadership skills.

glad that era is over, it was nauseating much of the time.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/18/14 at 08:47 AM ET

gowings's avatar

“One thing we never heard from Crosby during these playoffs was an unprompted, unqualified statement of personal responsibility.”


Bingo

 

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/18/14 at 09:07 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

The media and NHL’s love affair is over with Rosby, finally.

Yup, we were right all along: he’s a petulant kid, with no leadership skills.

glad that era is over, it was nauseating much of the time.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 05/18/14 at 09:47 AM

Came here to say the same thing

Great minds and all…

Posted by Hootinani on 05/18/14 at 09:18 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Yep & he beat the RW’s & BylsTARD & Sh(ZERO) did too ought to make you feel great & supposedly Babcock wants to coach Pens & especially (Rosby) BOY this Just ain’t your Decade is it

Posted by Evilpens on 05/18/14 at 11:18 AM ET

Evilpens's avatar

Toews failed to record a point in 14 of Chicago’s first 20 playoff games last year. Didn’t stop them from winning.Problem is Bottom 2 Lines which when Paul posted odds on winning SC at the beginning of the season & Pens were at the top I said this exact thing

Posted by Evilpens on 05/18/14 at 11:36 AM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Good thing you’re such a big tough guy EP, what with you bouncing bars in the past, otherwise I’d give you a piece of my mind

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/18/14 at 04:29 PM ET

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