skullman80 wrote:Can Crosby even go to the Baby Pens? Wouldn't he had to go back to Rimouski much like MAF did when he went back to Cape Brenton?
Maybe I'm way off here.......just a thought.
Bowser wrote:Crosby should never spend a second in the AHL.
netwolf wrote:Crosby is not a part of the Wilkes Barre team and never will be. It makes no sense to me to send him there to me.
NIN wrote:The WBS team is part of the Penguins franchise and Crosby pretty much IS the franchise. Those players down there may very well be his teammates sooner or later.
netwolf wrote:Then send Fleury down to Wheeling to help them out too. After all, the Nailers are also part of the organization too. Chiodo and Bissonette have logged time there and could be Fleury's teammates down the road.
There's a difference between being part of the Penguins organization and being a part of the Wilkes barre team. Crosby is not part of the Wilkes Barre team.
NIN wrote:The AHL is the step just below the NHL and it would be good for Crosby to dominate a slower league rather than sit and get bummed out about not playing in the olympics (which we all know is Hitchcock and that crazy canadian gamblers fault- his wife Janet probably bet on the Russians!) and develope his game.
Its not like it will taint his career, its just practice for a few games but with more compitition. Beleive it or not Crosby is still learning to be better at the game and I think it would be fun for him and everybody else.
NIN wrote:If your saying it would destroy the integrity of the AHL playoffs by theoretically cheating then I disagree. The best players for that franchise should be allowed to play and if Crosby wants to play he should be made to feel welcome in the AHL. Im sure everyone (excpet the guy that gets replaced in the lineup) would be happy to have Crosby on the team just as much as they will welcome MAF.
netwolf wrote:If there's no rule prohibiting it, then I don't think it does anything to the integrity of the AHL playoffs. I still don't like it though. If you have a group of guys that played together all year, how to you tell one of them that he's got to sit down so a guy who hasn't played a second for that team can suit up? I'm positive no one would publicly say anything about it, but I'm also positive that it would rub more than one guy the wrong way.
Besides, Crosby's development isn't going to be stunted if he doesn't go play there for a month.
NIN wrote:The AHL players are suppose to be called up to help the NHL teams win a Stanley Cup, not the other way around. So the whole situation is alittle laughable. Should Therrian be sent down too? I think you have to focus on the big picture and the big picture is eventually winning the Stanley Cup. The sooner they win the CUp and the more often the better. Allowing some key players to play in tournament compitiion and keep playing hockey is good for experiance. It's something positive to build from.
Crosby can very very quickly gain respect from his teammates. I think he has gained respect around the league already and im sure many teammates look to him for leadership out on the ice. The AHL team might even be easier for him to lead and it wouldnt take long for that on ice pressence to show. Those AHL kids are going to be looking up to Crosby when the team hits the NHL playoffs again so they may as well get use to the idea now. Because like I said, he IS the franchise and if they want to win he is going to lead the way.
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