Monday, March 12, 2007

Gary Roberts = Sidney's Saviour?

This article is more about Gary Roberts than Sidney Crosby, but the author relates the trade for Roberts as a great thing for Sid, personally.

From FOX Sports:
While Sidney Crosby has been finding all the holes on the ice during the regular season, that can all change for the youngster in the blink of an eye in the postseason, when teams clamp down on the opposition and the scoring chances are few and far between.

This is where Gary Roberts is going to be worth his weight in gold and black to Crosby and the Penguins this April in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The gritty Roberts, who has scored 20 or more goals 12 times in his career, was brought over from the Florida Panthers to play on the No. 1 line with Crosby, hoping the aging superstar could open up some room for the 19-year old and his linemate, Mark Recchi.
"I can't believe I'm playing with those slugs," joked Roberts, who had 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) with the Panthers this season. "It will be OK. I'm thrilled to be able to play with a kid like Crosby and obviously Recchi. I've known him for years and know the competitor that he is, so I'm really excited about the opportunity. Hopefully I can help them out a bit."
While secondary scoring is important in the playoffs, the biggest stars really have to do it for themselves. Forsberg, Sakic, Gretzky, and Lemieux (Mario and Claude) all performed exceeding well under the playoff pressure. Acquiring Roberts may help the Pens with some grit, but it's not exactly going to make Crosby all that much better.

Given Sidney's assertive style, my only worry is that he tries to do too much. Sidney has been trying to shoot himself out of his current slump, and has stopped using his teammates as much as he usually does.

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