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Crosby welcomed by Montreal fans, for now

May 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

The adoring hockey fans of Montreal put aside their temporary dislike
for Sidney Crosby today as the
Canadien Press report
s a throng of adoring fans lining up for his
autograph outside the team’s hotel today to get his autograph.

Sure,
he’s the most loved player in Canada right now (I think) but I’m
guessing he’s not going to get any big cheers tonight at the Bell
Centre. The Habs fans generally have a tendency to let their national
pride be pushed aside for three hours while cheering on their team.

In
regards to my comments yesterday about Sidney Crosby still having a
ways to go before he’s a great a leader as some make him out to be? I
stand by them. He’s done some great things in his career already, and
he’s taken big strides the past few seasons to quiet many of his
critics, but losing his cool on national television on NBC is not how
you want your captain to act.

Snapping his stick on the pipe and
then angrily throwing it aside is not the example you want the NHL’s
best player setting, much as you don’t like to see the best players for
any sport losing their cool in front of a national audience.

  1. TJ - May 4, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    so…Mats Sundin wasn’t a great leader for the one stick throwing incident? Alfie wasn’t a great leader because he mocked said throwing incidient? I suppose neither have won a cup, and Alfie looks like a poodle and Sundin looks like Frankenstein’s monster, but they were/are considered great leaders.

  2. dudleyboy - May 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Wow, how very narrow minded are we. Just ask anyone in the Penguins organization and they will tell you unequivocally that Sid is the man in Pitt. His talent and drive make him a great leader as we will not stop, he may have a lapse here and there but I guess you are perfect. Name me a captain in NHL history who has not lost it at least once, I can name dozens (Gretzky, Messier, Lemieux, Yzerman to start) who have had at LEAST one moment they wish they could take back similar to this or worse.
    Go ahead, mock him and do whatever makes you feel better about yourself. He is a scoring champion, Olympic Gold Medallist, Stanley Cup champion…etc. But I guess those aren’t good enough for ya.

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