I get that, and I'd be more eager to do it if we were 20th in the league on the PK, but there's no point in putting fear into the opposing team when you're that successful already. I cringe every time Sid has to stay out there after he loses a draw, and I have to see him move up to try to block a point man's shot. Teams who have trouble killing penalties should maybe think about putting their better players on just to strike fear as you say, but our team doesn't need to.
Besides, isn't all this yet another hypothetical way to get Malkin going offensively, by giving him more defensive responsibilities? It's another shot in the dark to figure out what's wrong with him, which to me is yet another excuse.
I know people hate bringing up the money, but it is what it is. When you're being paid that much (as much as the best player in the world who also happens to be your teammate) it's up to you to bring your game to another level and be a gamebreaker, regardless of who you're playing with.
Honestly, can you ever remember so many excuses for an individual player?
Morozov & Kovalev come to mind, but they didn't have nearly as many....
if only Internet message boards existed back in the 80s, the fun we would have had with Bullard's jealousy of Lemieux, the Riz, & the exciting first round busts (3 years running) of Chris Joseph, Darrin Shannon & Jamie Heward....the excuses would have been epic in those days....
His faceoffs have actually improved somewhat as of late. He went 8 for 15 last night, having the highest FO% on the team, and only Talbot taking more facoffs than him (though the coaching staff didn't trust him to take any faceoffs in the defensive zone). Last 5 games he's 15 for 30.
In an interview with him from not too long ago he also claimed to have worked on his faceoffs lately.