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04-08-2012, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Jabroni1994 View Post
Was Gretzky a whiner?
Admitedly, he started to get the reputation in his younger years. But I also think he did a good job of transforming himself, and as a result, the respect started to follow.

With that said, I never felt that Mario ever truly got it. You get the sense when you talk to his peers and those around the sport. He simply isn't held in the same reverence as Messier and Gretzky. No one ever really comes out and says it, but it tends to be quietly understood.

Unfortunately, with a guy like Crosby, it becomes all too obvious that, in a lot of ways, he is a lot like his mentor.

As for the NHL's interest in Pittsburgh, it's none existant. From a marketing standpoint, Pittsburgh simply doesn't matter. No one outside of Pittsburgh and Eastern Ohio gives two thoughts about the city. In football they matter because there's a generation of fans that grew up rooting for whoever happened to be hot when they were in their youth. In hockey,they exist because of someone's politicing and nothing more. The NHL could care less if they were in Kansas City, Pittsburgh or Las Vegas.

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