I knew this was inevitable in our city. The media will point out that Malkin is in a slump, but they will not bother pointing the finger at others. Case in point, Molinari's article this morning in the PG.
A few questions I have been pondering all season long...
1) Malkin is playing with a third liner at best in Pascal Dupuis and a nonentity in Ruslan Fedotenko on a nightly basis. What do people expect to happen? Let me guess, turn dog **** into gold. Afterall, "Lemieux did it". That's not getting old.
2) Then there is the amount of penalties Malkin has taken this year. Maybe, just maybe that stems from the frustration of having to play with a lack of talent on his wings? Just a guess on my part.
If anything, I would bring Staal up to the second line and have Talbot center the third. Bylsma has already chosen to break up that third line, so I really don't see the big deal. It seems like every time Staal is put on Malkin's line they connect and produce.Perhaps to give Malkin a jump, he and left winger Ruslan Fedotenko got a new linemate against the Devils when Tyler Kennedy replaced Pascal Dupuis on the right side. Kennedy practiced there yesterday.
Whatever. Eitherway, Malkin needs some type of spark on that line or the local media can spew out half-ass articles every week pondering why Malkin is not producing and appears to be frustrated out there. Give the kid some talent and see what happens.