-- He's weary of not having quality linemates. Evgeni Malkin is great, but the two-headed monster doesn’t work long-term. Chris Kunitz is a Crosby creation, and he’s struggling right now. Lee Stempniak? Brian Gibbons? Come on. Crosby is too often asked to elevate lesser talents. That can’t be done indefinitely.
-- He knows the Penguins aren’t good enough. This is the one to bet on. Crosby sees this window of opportunity slamming shut. One Stanley Cup isn’t adequate.
I think they are linked. The stats back this up. Prior to the deadline, Sid had 29G, 55A, +18 in 61 games. After the deadline, he had only 7G, 13A, +6 in 19 games. That's a huge dropoff. Did he see Shero acquire Stempniak and Goc and just say to himself, "WTF? There went Vanek to the Canadiens for a pittance. Moulson to Minnesota for even less. Gaborik to LA. Hemsky to Ottawa. Then you make a trade with Calgary and it's not even for Cammalleri. You got me Lee Friggin' Stempniak. Gee, thanks Ray."
Okay, he wouldn't say that over even consciously think it. But you do have to wonder what went through his mind and why his production declined after that, don't you?