The Pittsburgh Penguins were ousted by the Flyers whom were the better team in that first round, and Claude Giroux was the best player in THAT SERIES. During that series the fans, players, and coaches of the Flyers railed on Sidney Crosby for being cheap and a whiner. If you watched any of that game yesterday, that is exactly what I saw out of what Coach Laviolette called the “Best Player In The World.”
During the game, Giroux was seen “whining” to the refs at every turn. Then there was the head shot that took place against against Dainius Zubrus during the 2nd period last night. I do not think Shanahan had much of a choice to suspend him. He has to show some type of consistency and by suspending him, it shows that he is willing to take all head shots seriously. Across the board though, I do not think Shanahan has been consistent. Either way, certainly not something you would expect from the “Best player In The World.” I said at the time, that I though he was the best player in the series, but…saying he is the “Best Player In The World” was then and is now a stretch.
I am not going to compare him to Sid although many locals have. In my opinion they are 2 completely different types of players. Sidney Crosby is without question the most talented player in the NHL. He has not been healthy for 2 years now, so I can not wait to see how that plays out with him getting a fresh start next season. As far as the Best Player in hockey this season, that clearly was Evgeni Malkin.
One of the most humorous comments that came from this incident came from a local Radio Host. As I was listening to local sports talk radio In Pittsburgh(Stan Savran ESPN Radio 970), he spoke in detail about this subject and although I agree with most of his takes, the one I agree with most is what he called the Philadelphia Flyer head Coach. He referred to him as Peter Lavatory. Easy to read between the lines there, and it was very funny.