The end of the regular season and the trade deadline are both coming up fast on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Things are beginning to look up for the Pens, after a disappointing January they came through with a record of 7-4-1 in February.
A big story in the NHL is how Sidney Crosby is having the worst season of his career. Yes, statistically he is having his worst season, but what people are not looking at is how he is also tied for fifth in the league in points, with 62. Sitting only two points behind the points leader, Patrick Kane, who will be missing up to twelve weeks with a broken collar bone. A great opportunity for Sid to pull through and prove he is still a player to be feared and take over the points lead. On top of having a quiet 62 points he also has the best points per game rating in the league. It may not seem like it but Crosby is having another all star caliber season. Critics are just refusing to look at the big picture and would instead knock Crosby down a peg by criticizing him for an “off season,” yet still proving he is the best in the world by continuing to put up great numbers.
As the trade deadline looms the Pens have made another transaction. They dropped some dead weight by sending off Zach Sill and a pair of draft picks to Toronto for Daniel Winnik. A tough guy who will most likely help the penalty kill, which is huge as the Penguins still seem to be taking a lot of penalties. A big question however is are the Penguins looking to make another move before the deadline? General Manager, Jim Rutherford, said that they are not going to close the door on the idea yet.
Trades may not be done yet and Crosby is having a fantastic season no matter what people say. The playoffs are on the horizon and if we can keep up the good work we should be just fine.