As a Penguin fan, were you happy to see Evgeni Malkin win the Tournament and the MVP also? Or were you frustrated that we did not see that same Malkin during the playoffs?
Local Radio covered this same topic and I found it compelling and interesting. The Local Fans were torn, which one could find strange. You heard arguments for him stating that his play in the World Championships was typical of the season he just put forth. You had some say that he played well because Sid was not around, which goes along with a little of what I have said recently. Some even went as far as stating that they were angry with him because he excelled in the Championships and not in the Playoffs.
I brought this up a couple of weeks ago as I argued about who the Pens should keep. His play in the World’s is another reason why the decision will be so difficult. The front office came out last week and said that they want to resign Staal and Sid, but really have not said anything about Malkin. Shero did say that he wants to keep all 3 if he can. I am not convinced that is a winning proposition.
Was Malkin’s play during World’s that strong because he was the one player that got to shine? If you look at games when both he and Sid are playing, Sid’s game does not change but Malkin steps back. He still can score and play well, but while Sid is around, he defers. Malkin is a front line player, or a number one and at some point that will get in the way of this current situation. That is why I believe the real question is…Do we keep Sid or Geno? That is much tougher, and just about makes you sick to think about it.
Let’s look at the Year he has had. He led the league in scoring, a finalist right now for League MVP, World Champion, and World Championship MVP. That is pretty staggering. So, if you take a closer look even, you will find that he accomplished most of this without Sid on the ice with him. That I think says it all. Not sure what decisions can be made from it, but it is a telling fact. The Summer is growing near and it is almost time to get a bit anxious over what this team must and will do.