Things are not going as planned for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
They entered the season with Stanley Cup aspirations, but the results have been underwhelming, and earlier this week, they suffered a 5-2 loss against Arizona, ending an 11-game losing streak for the Coyotes against the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby, however, keeps on adding to his incredible season.
He scored his 577th career goal, tying him with Hall of Famer Mark Recchi, and that’s what Crosby’s been doing all year. Despite the Penguins being a huge disappointment, Crosby has broken milestone after milestone and carried the team on his shoulders.
Aged 36, Crosby is on pace for 50 goals, a number he’s only reached once in his career. Now, a TSN analyst makes a bold suggestion, urging the Pittsburgh Penguins to part ways with their legendary captain.
”Get Sidney Crosby out of Pittsburgh,” Bryan Hayes said on TSN. “Follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady.”
Hayes claims Crosby is still a top-ten player in the league, and as the team around him isn’t giving him any help at the moment, he should look elsewhere for his continuous hunt for more cups.
“He will always be remembered as a Penguin,” Hayes said. “It’s him and Mario Lemieux. The two greatest Penguins of all time. He’s given everything he possibly could to that franchise. That franchise is no longer repaying him.”
Crosby has put himself in the middle of the MVP discussion despite being in his mid-30s, just as Tom Brady was when he left the New England Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“If he follows in the footsteps of Brady,” Hayes said. “Goes somewhere else, wins a Cup, is competitive… that is going to make the case for him to get into the top five all time.”
The Penguins decided to keep Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, allowing them to end their careers in Penguins. However, that was before Kyle Dubas, and who knows what he plans for the future.