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by Paul on 03/16/12 at 12:24 AM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
The NHL’s star machine, in fact, is broken. You know about Crosby’s concussion history. Ovechkin, who has fewer goals this season than Scott Hartnell, is a fraction of his former self. Many of the graduates from ’03 — Ryan Getzlaf, Jeff Carter, Eric Staal, Ryan Kesler — have plateaued after showing such early promise. Doughty has regressed. So have others.
As a result, the game has become flat and monochromatic. The business of sports is about many things but, first and foremost, it’s about entertainment and that requires stars. Crosby was not only the game’s best all-around player, he was also its face and a figure who reached beyond hockey’s regional limitations. Sid sold in the States. He sold to the networks. He attracted non-traditional fans.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the game missed that the way a three-year-old misses his mother.
Can Crosby be that guy again? The NHL had better hope so. The Penguins need Crosby’s production but the league needs his presence. It needs an offensive star. It needs someone who excites the fans. It needs someone who can take the game forward.
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