AlexPKeaton wrote:On 105.9 this morning Tim Benz cited an anonymous player on the Penguins who expressed serious concern about moving Malone to Sid's line. According to Benz, this anonymous player said that it would be a huge mistake by MT, saying that Malone feels he is a much better player with Malkin. The reason given by the anonymous player is that Malone feels that Malkin is much more relaxed about things like missed scoring chances (Benz joked that if he wasn't how would anyone know?) and (apparently) less demanding on his linemates than Sid.
Tim Benz thought that this was highly credible, so I conclude that the anonymous player was either Malone himself or someone very close to Malone. As we all know Benz is in the locker-room quite a bit and interviews many of the players.
Could this be why Colby thrives with Sid... because Sid is less hard on close friends with less talent than people like Sykora and Malone?
I don't care why Malone wants what he wants. The fact is that he is playing the best hockey of his career on Malkin's wing. My own pet theory is that Sid plays up tempo hockey all of the time, while Malkin slows or pushes the pace depending upon the situation, which is a style better suited in a center to getting the most out of Malone. Whatever the theory, Malone should stay on Malkin's LW, and this reason (and the fact that you could have two top flight scoring lines) are why I call finding a winger for Sid a huge need.