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Penguins are Malkin's team now

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08:26 AM ET 09.08 | The unfortunate story of Sidney Crosby's concussion added another unfortunate chapter Wednesday. The cruel nature of his injury makes Crosby day-to-day for good. ... This is Evgeni Malkin's team for now -- and despite injuries and bouts of inconsistency, Malkin has shown he can carry the club. When he's right, he is a top-five player in the world. A two-time 100-point scorer. He should run the power play from the right half-boards, as he did so expertly during Crosby's prolonged absence in 2007-08. The Penguins' defense and goaltending is second to none. They lack firepower up front, but if Malkin returns to form, they would be a viable Stanley Cup contender without Crosby.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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September 8, 2011  08:48 AM ET

Time to step up, Geno. 'Cause it looks like Sid won't lace 'em up for a game anytime soon.

September 8, 2011  09:10 AM ET

Going to be a long season if he doesn't. The Pens run at the end of last season was a great one. But piss and vinegar only get you so far.

September 8, 2011  09:16 AM ET

Another Russian with lots to prove. I give him props for his play in the cup they won but he has either been injured or hasn't done much since. Great player when he's motivated.

September 8, 2011  09:29 AM ET

The Pens are still a formidable team in the Eastern Conference without Crosby, but let's be honest they're not nearly as good. I'd say they go from being the favorites to win the East to a 4th or 5th seed.

September 8, 2011  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The Pens are still a formidable team in the Eastern Conference without Crosby, but let's be honest they're not nearly as good. I'd say they go from being the favorites to win the East to a 4th or 5th seed.

I don't know that they were favorites to win the east anyway. There's that team up in Boston that may have something to say about it. I'd be happy with their usual 4th seed.

Geno has picked it up before when Sid went down. If he does that again and Staal starts playing like he can the Pens will be OK.

September 8, 2011  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I don't know that they were favorites to win the east anyway. There's that team up in Boston that may have something to say about it. I'd be happy with their usual 4th seed.Geno has picked it up before when Sid went down. If he does that again and Staal starts playing like he can the Pens will be OK.

Ditto!!





"Let's Go Pens!"!!

September 8, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Another Russian with lots to prove.

But he's proven it once with a Smythe.

Ovechkin only dreams about those.

September 8, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

But he's proven it once with a Smythe.Ovechkin only dreams about those.

Truly spoken.

September 8, 2011  10:18 AM ET

Penguins are Malkin's team now

No problem - men have been following Va-Genos still time began.

<flips quarter to DWI>

September 8, 2011  10:24 AM ET

i can't believe that the interns have a photo of Malkin up instead of the crosby fight pic.

September 8, 2011  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Penguins are Malkin's team nowNo problem - men have been following Va-Genos still time began.<flips quarter to DWI>

Va-Geno seems to shine when Crosby isn't in the picture. No doubt the team needs him more than ever this season. Staal could be a little more productive, as well. As stated, Va-Geno hasn't been my favorite for awhile, so seeing is believing. He's gonna be more of a leader, and knock of the retaliatory crap.

Pens don't need to be full of "**** and vinegar" to be a great team. They are full of talent. I HOPE they will be fine w/o Sid. They have a whole lot to prove w/o him, and that may be enough to get them through.

September 8, 2011  10:31 AM ET

I just don't see Malkin carrying the team all season. i hope I'm wrong.

September 8, 2011  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Va-Geno seems to shine when Crosby isn't in the picture. No doubt the team needs him more than ever this season. Staal could be a little more productive, as well. As stated, Va-Geno hasn't been my favorite for awhile, so seeing is believing. He's gonna be more of a leader, and knock of the retaliatory crap. Pens don't need to be full of "**** and vinegar" to be a great team. They are full of talent. I HOPE they will be fine w/o Sid. They have a whole lot to prove w/o him, and that may be enough to get them through.

Bylsma has done wonders with that team. He's another Barry Trotz and he'll always get the most out of them. If Malkin ever shows up with the talent he has they will still be a contender.

September 8, 2011  10:50 AM ET

All reports indicate that Geno has been training like a beast and is motivated. Of course, put all the potential in the world in one hand and take a dump in the other and see which one fills up faster. Time for Va-Geno to put on his big boy pants and git her done.

Still, the regular season is nothing more than a warm up for the Playoffs for good teams and as recent Playoffs have shown, Playoff seeds don't mean a whole lot. Look for the Pens, particulalry if Sid comes back, to be right up there with the top contenders come Playoff time.

September 8, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Va-Geno seems to shine when Crosby isn't in the picture. No doubt the team needs him more than ever this season. Staal could be a little more productive, as well. As stated, Va-Geno hasn't been my favorite for awhile, so seeing is believing. He's gonna be more of a leader, and knock of the retaliatory crap. Pens don't need to be full of "**** and vinegar" to be a great team. They are full of talent. I HOPE they will be fine w/o Sid. They have a whole lot to prove w/o him, and that may be enough to get them through.

Yep yep.

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September 8, 2011  11:34 AM ET

I can see the Pens getting a lot of motivation out of this. They have to know that without Crosby, people are going to write them off. That can be used to their advantage and they have a coach who knows how to do that.

The early part of this season is going to be a lot more interesting than normal, isn't it? Lots of changes and Winnipeg in the league. The first month could be really entertaining.

September 8, 2011  11:34 AM ET

i'm glad pitt has more players then crosby. malkin is good malkin and sid together is better. pitt did fine without crosby (maintaining their 4th place in eastern conference) but it wasn't pretty. as long as they can hang with washington and phili they should be fine and fluery needs to decide if he wants to be a good goalie or continue with his good/bad self.

September 8, 2011  11:50 AM ET

Penguins sign Richard Park to one-year deal.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=587923&print=true


The rest of the NHL is done now!!! ;)

 
September 8, 2011  11:51 AM ET

It's already been said, but I agree with it. If Malkin stays healthy and plays with the will to win that he has shown in the past, it can only be a good thing for the Pens. I think that playoff seedings don't mean much as has been proven over and over again. I also agree with DWI, who has said it many times, that rushing Crosby to play when he's not ready would not only be stupid, but almost criminal. His life and future are more important than even the Pen's finish this year. Events of the past few months, highlighted by the tragedy yesterday, prove that.

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