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04-10-2012, 03:31 PM
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I'm pretty sure we've talked about Mario before. He has a taciturn personality that tends towards a need to be idolized. An absolute hedonist. In real life--that's a hard person to get along with or put up with. The league pushed him anyway and they still push him.
Orr, Howe, Gretzky, Messier--much better personalities and in reality they were all equal if not better players.
Crosby rates very high though in terms of generational player in my mind. Missing a season and a half and still putting up in the neighborhood of 1.5 points a game. For comparison Marc Staal--close to an elite shutdown defenseman is still looking for his game with somewhat less of a concussion problem. I respect the **** out of Crosby as a player. He has drive and creativity. I don't think I like his personality so much but I also think that Lemieux's crapola personality informs it a bit. Wish that it were not so.
I agree that the NHL shouldn't stick all its eggs in one basket. There are plenty of other players and avenues they can develop.
Crosby is immensely talentd, but I'm not sure I view him as generational. He's more in line with a Joe Sakic or Steve Yzerman type. And for the record, I don't consider a guy like Messier a generational talent either.
In conclusion, I can't help but be reminded of something Michael Jordan said about the NBA once - "Too often nowadays the league tries to create stars before they've earned it." He then referenced how guys like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird created themselves.
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