[quote="netwolf"][quote="The U"]This guy better be worth all the hassle. haha.[/quote]
I know you were joking about this, but I have concerns over this myself. I don't think that way at all, but I know there are a lot of people that are already down on Malkin as a player and as a person because of all of this drama, which he may not have had any control over. If he does play here this year and goes through any kind of rookie slump, those people are going to be all over him, and that's unfortunate.[/quote]
First, I don't know, obviously, whether any of this is true at all. But I did find it kind of odd that the kid signed a new contract and told people he was going to stay another year, but say word one about this to the Penguins? I have agreed with those who have said they wouldn't believe a thing until the Penguins announced he was staying. The still haven't, so.....
Netwolf, I wouldn't worry about this. FIrst and foremost, if Malkin comes over in this manner, I think people will respect both his courage and desire to play in Pittsburgh and the NHL. To be honest, I think he'd pretty much get a free ride with the fans for at least one or two. But from what I saw in the olympics, there is no chance this kid will fall on his face. This is no Morozov. He is the real deal. Whether he is rookie of the year or hits the 100 point mark is another question, but he won't fall on his face.
Besides, this team is about to start its ascent to the top. It may take 4 years, but getting there is an awful lot of fun. When you're there, that's when the pressure really takes. But getting there is fun and I believe Penguin fans are going to fall in love with this team over the next year or two. And Malkin is going to be a big part of that.