Jesse wrote:This is an "out of sight - out of mind" argument. People forgot what Crosby was capable of because he was missing for a good part of the year.
Sidney Crosby is one of the most dynamic and competitive hockey players I've ever seen. His fire is so great that he can be downright embarassing sometimes with his antics.
People forget that Crosby was roughly 10-12 points ahead in the scoring race when he got injured. It took Lecavalier nearly 4-5 games to surpass him after the HAS.
Malkin nearly won the scoring title this year and he still couldn't get close to the 120 big ones that Crosby put up last year.
Crosby has a sixth sense about the game and dynamic vision that Malkin will never have. It's innate. Malkin can bury the puck and charge through defenders, but Crosby can lift a team like no one I've ever seen. When the Penguins were down and out against the Red Wings and couldn't score a goal, he elevated his game to a level that I've never seen.
Sure, Malkin had a great regular season with Sid out, but even then, he never got to the level of intensity and gamesmanship that Crosby has.
The man is a born leader. Malkin doesn't posses that quality.
Crosby got 120 points last season with Malkin on his team. Malkin did the bulk of his damage without Sid and as the singular target of everyone's attention. It does again give rise to the question of how the Pens would have fared if Malkin had been lost to injury and Sid had been left to center Malone and Sykora.
You know, I don't want to get into the Sid versus Malkin thing per se, but I actually see Malkin as the nexus for this team. When he is on, the Pens win consistently, regardless of how others including Sid (if he's around) perform (goaltending being an obvious exception). When have the Pens won consistently when Geno is off? I hope that people keep that in mind in their haste to trade him.