owtahear wrote:I don't want to make this choice. But I thought Joe Starkey made a great point yesterday. Crosby in many circles in the hockey world is getting bashed for his performance. But mostly in Pittsburgh, the criticism relatively tame. And the Crosby sycophants in the media led by Mark Madden are blaming Bylsma and not protecting Sid.
But....if Sid was the second leading scorer in the playoffs, and Geno was the guy with 1 goal, 9 points and a minus rating, MM and many others would be on Malkin mercilessly. I can imagine the calls to MM:
Caller: MM, you are hard on Malkin but it is obvious he is injured, or he is not getting help from his linemates, especially Neal.
MM: I don't care. You pay Geno to score and importantly score goals. Nothing else matters. He is not.
Caller: But Malkin is getting cross checked in the head and held and grabbed.
MM: I have a 166 IQ, I know hockey! Malkin has to work through that. He is paid to score. Period.
Caller: CORSI statistics suggest that Malkin is not playing as bad as you say, the Pens have good puck possession when Malkin's on the ice.
MM: You moron. Malkin is paid to score. Who cares about puck possession. They don't score the games by puck possession. Score. Period.
Caller: MM Malkin has 1 shot on goal on the PP. He needs to be put in better position to shoot the puck.
MM: Look idiot, I have a 166 IQ, and I know hockey. It is not Dan Bylsma's job to tell the players to shoot. You get paid the money, you better know when to shoot the puck!
I can imagine the dialogue being a lot long those lines.......but you can substitute Sid for Geno up there, and Malkin deflects all blame from Sid. That kind of hypocrisy is what neutralizes a 166 point IQ and reeks of siding who is more friendly to the media.
The double standard is outrageous.
If the behavior and performance in this year's playoffs were reversed, #71 may not have made it out of Pittsburgh alive. The media would unanimously be calling for him to be traded. Many were after the Boston sweep.
Sid quit on the team in the Rangers series. He didn't want the puck. He didn't want to win. He wanted it to end. Re-watch game 7 if you don't believe me.
Malkin was fighting and battling and giving it his all until the final whistle.
If Sid is doing his leading by example, he either needs to look in the mirror and make a drastic change or the Pens need to deal him.