Wednesday, August 23, 2006


"Crosby acknowledged he and Recchi had issues before the 17-season veteran was traded to Stanley Cup champion Carolina. Apparently, Recchi felt Crosby was too vocal and demonstrative about calls that didn't go his way, especially for a rookie. The two since have talked, and Crosby said he welcomes Recchi's return."
That was quoted from TSN today.
What do you think of this report? Does it matter if Crosby would captain the Penguins this year? My opinion is 'no'. The Penguins are a young team minus Recchi and LeClair. Recchi could captain the Pens this season, as he had won the Cup in Carolina, but what could it possibly hurt the Pens for Crosby to captain them? We cannot draw comparisons to Vincent Lecavalier leading the Lightning earlier in his career, as Crosby broke the 100 point barrier in his first season, playing with underachieving linemates for a good portion of last season. Lecavalier took a long time to materialize into leadership material. For the record, Mario Lemieux made a living out of being too vocal as the Pens' captain. Alot of other examples of this scenario exist with other captains. So Recchi's point means nothing.
I don't like Crosby already, as I feel Crosby is being pushed down my throat by the Canadian media especially, and Alexander Ovechkin isn't geting fair coverage. But the bottom line is that Crosby is the 'real deal', and he can bare the load as captain even if Ovechkin would scoff at the notion. Recchi had better shut his yap now because he left the Pens to join the Canes in a Cup run last season. Crosby is committed to the Pens and can lead this young team into the future, even after Recchi retires.


At August 23, 2006 at 2:18 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Crosby is their leader and will continue to be. Other than the learning curve of the whinning issue last season, he played like the only guy there who gave a damn. I think stick with 3 "A" 's and sew it on next season after he demonstrates all the required qualities.

Then trade him to the Habs for 6 players. He'll be there as an FA in 6 years.

At August 23, 2006 at 7:44 a.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Give the C to Malkin, for making the L.A. Times Sports Page 1, something that hasn't happened for hockey coverage in Southern California since the Pronger trade.

At August 23, 2006 at 11:08 a.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

"Then trade him to the Habs for 6 players. He'll be there as an FA in 6 years."

Whoa, someone has delusions of grandeur!

Earl-Does that mean Pronger gets the C in Quackland?

At August 23, 2006 at 11:19 a.m. , Blogger Tapeleg said...

Keep Lemeiux the captain, and have him on a one dollar contract. Then make him a healthy scratch the entire season.

Yeah, Crosby did get shoved down our throats here too. The thing is, I rarely ever saw him (or noticed him). Just the ESPN 10 second highlight reel. Is he that good? I don't know. I'm having a hard time getting excited about him, especially with his antics.

AO, on the other hand, I'd like to see more of. It seems he gets discounted a lot (older than Crosby, not Canadian), but the guy is incredible.

Someone once suggested that Crosby would win the Calder because he spoke english, which would be better for the league. I wanted to punch that person, but they were on the radio. That's like saying the NYR should be in the SCF because it's good for the league.

Crosby should not wear the C, based on talent alone. He needs to grow up before that happens. Give it to a one year contract before that. Give it to someone who can help the club get better, and the youth on the team focus. Giving Crosby the C right now would hurt the team.

At August 23, 2006 at 11:19 a.m. , Blogger Tapeleg said...

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At August 23, 2006 at 12:36 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

No delusions on Crosby eventually in Montreal, Bud. Here's some interesting facts.

If you saw the lottery draft live that selected the rank in which teams would draft in 2005, you would surely have seen a diappointed Crosby when the Canadiens name was chosen fifth from the top. His hopes were getting up, big time.

His father, a goalie was drafted by the Habs in the late '70 's. His family has a lifelong allegiance to the Canadiens. When Crosby was put the question point blank, he emphasized that is was not simply his dream to play in the NHL, but with Montreal also.

Crosby is well versed in media relations, however his true feelings slip through his facial expressions. It is quickly becoming an old joke in the Ottawa and Montreal media, regarding Crosby and Habs related questions. Seems there might even be requests to media types to lay off some. One repoter has already alluded to such a thing and the Penguins were concerned enough to do some behind the scenes inquiring about it.

Whenever Crosby is asked a question with the word "Montreal" in it, the kid lights up like a Christmas tree. A couple of sly scribes tested this theory and Crosby didn't disappoint. With a huge grin on his face, he spoke of how long he has waiting to play his first game in Montreal.

He is fluently billingual and remains in contact with Quebec based media, doing small interviews and such. He was recently promoting a golf tournament in his name there. Growing up on he East Coast one could assume he had no real need to perfect his french. It is told that he applied himself to it in much the same manner as he has to hockey.

Prior to the draft order being selected and the lockout being settled, Crosby and his agent tabled a lucrative contract with a european team. It would have paid him more than he is actually making with Pittsburgh. Some saw this as a type of bargaining tool should he wind up somewhere other than a hoped for destination. It's anybody's guess that he may have thought this a way to force a trade to the team of his dreams. It would however have been a public relations fiasco. Mucho endorsement dollars are not that foolishly risked. Ask Lindros, who probably has never learnt from such things.

Given all this, a Habs fan can only wait for June 1st, 2012!

At August 23, 2006 at 1:03 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

His face perks up when he talks about Montreal? That's really fucking cute. If his asking price is too high, he may not go to Montreal. Maybe they'd trade for him in the future...who knows? If Montreal sucks in the future and Sid gets a chance to go where he wants, maybe he'd pick a Cup contender. Anything can happen. Gad, Rc, you are starting to sound like a Leafs!

At August 23, 2006 at 9:31 p.m. , Blogger Jes GÅ‘lbez said...

Well, if he didn't have a 'C', he'd just be ROSBY. That wouldn't quite work...

At August 23, 2006 at 10:43 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Whoa there, hold on a minute! "Sound like a Leafs fan" is a little extreme. I base my comments and opinions on fact and not fiction. I state my points based on truth and not my own personal wishes.

Having said that, understand that we are talking about a scenario that has been seldom seen, and until it happens, remains highly unlikely.

Crosby is still a boy and not yet a man in a man's game. Many things can change in six years, loyalties being one of them.

Not to take anything back or contradict myself, I was simply stating that at present Crosby, the teenager, still has a big time crush on Montreal. He will grow up. It is possible given his background that this crush developes into a full fledged hardon for the Habs in six years. Only time will tell. One must admit though, it all adds up to one curious situation!

At August 23, 2006 at 11:15 p.m. , Anonymous Zanstorm said...

Curious? I wouldn't waste any time on even thinking about it as a possibility!
Actually, more players want to play in Toronto usually. But they used to piss away alot of money as well! Hell, they still do!

At August 23, 2006 at 11:45 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

More players used to want to play in Toronto where the expectation of losing as they usually do isn't as difficult to live up to. These days, Toronto's pickings are slim to a Hells snowball.

All said, Crosby's Hab infatuation, is for the time being, merely a curio. Watch it heat up in 2012.

At August 23, 2006 at 11:58 p.m. , Blogger zanstorm said...

It's amazing how much we don't get to see Crosby out west. I didn't even know he had a Habs attraction

At August 24, 2006 at 1:08 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Thank Gary Bettman's vision of potential rivalries for that! You probably will get to miss much of Ovechkin and Malkin's future exploits also.

We've gotten to miss Yzerman and Sakic, though I know it makes no amends. The unbalanced schedule sucks it hard and swallows it coughing. Continuing this peverted analogy, it all just spits and bitches.

It's too bad you don't get to see the same Crosby coverage we do out here. I found him to be one driven SOB at times. I usually never put much stock in stats other than G and A. Consider this. On a team that had basically no direction all year, the young stud went up against every other teams top line and came out minus -1.

Tuning into sportscasts, we always get that next Gretzky, next Lemieux thing. For want of a better word, it's just the "sexy" thing networks do. From what I've seen, Crosby might well be the next Bryan Trottier, but who's gonna spin that?

For the time being, I'll give up on the Habs angle regarding Crosby. Just remember it's out there.


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