Originally Posted by Teacher
I disagree with the bold area, at least in part. What comes around....
You can have an asbolutely vicious check that was borderline intent to hospitalize that, by luck, doesn't keep a guy out for very long. And you can have something that was irresponsible but, on the whole, unintended, that puts a guy out for months because he happened to fall the wrong way. I don't want to see people suspended based on that kind of fluke. Look at the action itself. Bertuzzi's a good example; Moore deserved to get sucker punched, he did not deserve to have his career ended and I don't think anyone will honestly say Bertuzzi was trying to injure him, and his suspension should have been exactly the same as it would've been if Moore had played the next Avs game. But some people were calling for him to be kicked out of hockey because of it. Meanwhile Claude Lemieux's hit on Kris Draper, one of the dirtiest plays ever, didn't keep Lemieux out of action. Domi's elbow was intent to injure... whether or not Niedermayer played the next game matters not at all. It's the nature of the act that should determine the penalty.
Originally Posted by gomestar
IMO, he can't become "legendary" while Ovechkin is still in the league. And I don't think he can even become legendary as only the second best player on his own team!
Much as people like to talk shit about him for whining or whatever (and I was cheering for the Wings the last 2 years), all homerism and hating aside, Crosby is the best player in the world right now. Ovy and Malkin are flashier and more likely to score a highlight reel goal, they're game breakers... but in terms of overall contribution to the team, Crosby is #1.