Henry Hank wrote:This thread is a joke just like the similar one somebody made about Crosby last year. Number one, Malkin isn't on pace for 19 goals. Technically, he's on pace for 21 in 63 games, but that's assuming he misses more games. If he doesn't miss anymore, he's on pace for 26 goals in 74 games. He's on a 29 goal pace for 82 games, which isn't that far off from the 35 he had last year... when he won the Art Ross, and oh, by the way, the Conn Smythe in leading the Pens to the Cup. But who cares? We're 31 games into the season. If Malkin has a hat trick on Thursday, suddenly he's on a 38 goal pace for 82 games, which would be the second highest goals per game of his career. Can we stop judging everybody, good or bad, in the moment? Does it always have to be what have you done for me lately? I thought Geno was excellent on Saturday but barely had an assist to show for it.
When will Pens fans just appreciate the fact that they get to watch Crosby and Malkin on their team and not spend every waking moment trying to find something to critique? We're lucky enough to have both of these guys on our team, and this is coming after we were lucky enough to have Lemieux and Jagr. For 25 years now, Pens fans have been lucky enough to watch a player who is considered to be one of the very best, if not the best, in the game. Sometimes, they've had two of these guys at once. Some franchises haven't had one such player in their existence. It's terrible how spoiled rotten some are.
You nailed it. I appreciate the fact that we have these guys on the Pens. And I also realize that you have to look at the season as a whole, not just specific points in time.
If Geno had 70 pts last year and like 70 the year before and was being paid $8.7MM a year, then I'd question and critique. But if the guy is not putting up 50, 60, 70 goals year in and year out, but is still productive and leading this team to championships, I'll be happy as hell.
Like you said, I just think people are spoiled or have unrealistic expectations. it's not playstation.