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11-03-2008, 01:02 PM
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If you cant get up for the Stanley Cup finals at 18 let alone 21 you have no place in the NHL.
Frankly him sucking in the finals had less to do with his ability and more to do with Dats/Zets and the wings defense make him look like an amatuer. Its one thing to rack up points in the east its another thing to get your ass handed to you by two superior Centers (zets and dats) who are both the full package.
Malkin as of yet is still one dimensional and Dats/Zetts are more valueable to any team today. Not saying they have higher trade value then Malkin but they are better players currently. Switch Malkin with Zetts and or Dats and the cup finals woulda been quite a bit closer imo. Hell make this trade and I think Pens win the cup.. This trade being Kronwall+Dats for Malkin
Frankly, Malkin's drop-off in play was due in large part to the combined factors of the colossal Richards hit he took in Game 1 vs. Philly and the flu virus he contracted near the end of that series that prevented him from keeping food down when the Pens were playing Detroit.
Detroit's great defense and defensive forwards no doubt played a big role too, but his play had already slipped against Philly. It's ignorant to claim definitively that he "couldn't get up for the Cup Finals" because of some lack of heart or inability to perform against Detroit's top players when you completely disregard the physical duress he was under which had already led him to be virtually neutralized by the Flyers.
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