Bob McKenzie wrote:This team can be Crosby's team all it wants to be. The bottom line is, if Malkin out performs him, Malkin should be the #1 center (if you have to make it that you have to have a #1 and #2 lines).
So, if Crosby went into a Jordan Staal like slump, then he should still be the #1 center? I don't believe that. Your coach goes with the people that give you the best shot to win, not because of bruised egos.
If anything, as competitive as Crosby is, maybe having a guy like Malkin on the team (who I believe is the most talented person in the NHL) pushes him.
Malkin is going to be a beast in a few years. Imagine him with an extra 20-25 pounds on him.
Malkin's line may get more minutes, but you're never gonna see a lineup card with Malkin's line above Crosby's. This has nothing to do with how I think it should be, this is how I know it will be. If it were up to me, Malkin would have been leading all of the team's forwards in minutes since Crosby got hurt last season.