Is Sid the Kid the MVP this year and are the Pens for real?
However, the Pens are far from for real at this point. To be for real, you need to have four quality lines, not four quality forwards.
Put any young gun on Sid's line, and he's bound to produce. I don't believe he singlehandedly got the Pens to the playoffs. Just look at his great supporting cast. Fleury has yet to prove himself and only until/if he becomes a bonafide star netminder, they're not going anywhere. But once the young Pens grow up and earn real contracts with big money, the Pens won't be able to keep them all under the cap.
Luongo should win the Hart because he ACTUALLY singlehandedly got the Canucks to the playoffs. Sure Brodeur's number were good, but the Devils are a lock to advance to the conference finals/second round every year. Take away Luongo, the Canucks could very well be near the bottom of the West.
I think the Pens this year were pretty flukey (don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Pens fan). Staal probably won't put up those types of numbers again. Malkin can be good if he has space but once that's gone he blends into the boards. Roberts and Recchi have got to be sacraficing chickens to be able to play at 400 years old. I see Gonchar falling apart way before his contract is up. The biggest question mark is Fleury. Some days he's golden other days a goat. I was pissed then they took him 1st overall passing on Staal. Hell, I would have rather had Vanek who went 5th since the team needed scoring at that time.
End of the day, it will be left to see if the Pens can sign any of these guys when negotiations come. Crosby and Malkin are both going to pull huge coin - valid or not. Plus other players like Whitney, Orpik, Armstrong and even Staal are going to have above average asking prices.
The Pens always seem to be an incubator. They are able to draft good players, develop them somewhat and then lose them.
the pens are becoming for real.
they worked their you know whats off to get into the playoffs, then they choked.
malkin is a wimp on ice at times.
crosby is the gretzky jr.
staal gets lucky alot, he needs to shine some more though, you cant win a game on all short handed goals.
fleury is my favorite hockey player of all time but until he gets his confindence up after he lets a goal slip, which dont get me wrong he has been doing great at, the pens arent going to win.
thibault works as hard as he can,it really sucks that he had to get that dang surgery.
crosby needs to not pass so often.
talbot is mad max. period.
oulette is no longer miss the net oulette.
melichar screws up way to much.
whitney likes to shoot and miss.
gonchar...needs to improve.
eaton hasnt made an incredible comeback.
recchi is the man.
roberts is the man.
laraque needs to do his job and kill someone.
orpik needs to stop trying to take laraques job, bc he'll die out there.
mr colby armstrong needs to keep playing hard and no matter what they say, him and crosby are still the dinamic duo.
malone isnt doing so swell. he needs to play harders.
keep fleury working with the goaltending coach.
and get some damn defence!
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