Just so it's clear, because I know I come off as anti-Malkin: I'm not.
Like you would say, BOTH Crosby and Malkin are guilty of the same thing in this situation. They are both the best player in the league and BOTH are comfortable in their current situation.
But part of that isn't their fault. There is a natural arrogance that comes with being an athlete. They KNOW they are the 2-best players in the world. They are taught, from like age 4, that the coach is right, don't question the coach, go out and play.
So when they fail, they believe it's on them, because they know that if they play to the best of their abilities, they are above everyone else on the ice.
So now who's trying to get inside players' heads?
Like I said before, I'm just (futilely) trying to find an explanation for two great competitors apparently being ok with the direction the organization seems to be taking. That's all.
NOTICE: Let's leave the "what players are thinking / doing behind closed doors WRT to the coaches" out of this. None of us have any idea, beyond what was said in exit interviews."
Actually, nobody is saying anything about that beyond a few of us expressing our hope that Geno had leveraged his position like Lundqvist did in NY. Since the only reporting about the exit interviews said that both Sid and Geno endorsed the coach, it's pretty clear that's part of the problem. Maybe it's comfort. Maybe it's, as IcedCapp suggested, a belief in themselves. Whatever it is, the only thing I learned today is that Torts was absolutely right: The Pens are the most ARROGANT organization in hockey. There's not even a close second.
im a pretty big dejan hater since i try to be an objective pirates fan and he is anything but an objective pirates commentator, but it will be nice to see him turn his ire towards the pens front office and coaching staff. nobody in the pittsburgh media holds a grudge quite like him, too.