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Does Crosby make the Penguins the NHL’s best?

Nov 22, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

With about 25 percent of the 2011-12 season in the books, some folks might have a Stanley Cup frontrunner pegged. Is it the Minnesota Wild or Chicago Blackhawks – two teams that lead the West – or maybe the red-hot Boston Bruins? Could it be the surging San Jose Sharks? Well, if you ask Jeremy Roenick and Pierre McGuire, Sidney Crosby‘s return makes the Pittsburgh Penguins the best team in the NHL:

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Which team gets your vote? (Feel free to name teams who weren’t listed, naturally.)

As a bonus, check out this nifty video that breaks down Crosby’s night. (I especially like the fancy graphic that shows his path; it’s like Donnie Darko for hockey.)

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  1. me6661973 - Nov 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I gotten 3 freaking emails about crybaby this one even the most stupid! Get off it I hope someone breaks his neck so you people will shut up about an overrated player he played one game against a weak team been out on his butt for a year there is better players.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      We can always debate who is better, but one thing is for sure. There are billions smarter than you. “there is better players” learn to speak before you post……

  2. dowhatifeellike - Nov 22, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    He’s been back for one game. Go ahead and crown their asses. Jesus.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      Who’s better? They were one of the best teams in the league without him, hard to argue that adding the best player in the world doesn’t make them the best

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 22, 2011 at 11:23 PM

        I couldn’t care less about thumbs down, but if you don’t agree that the Pens are the best (and I’m no Pens fan) at least share who you think is

  3. sknut - Nov 22, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    They are the best right now, but that doesn’t matter much in late Novemeber. They will get a much tougher defensive test when they play the Blues tomorrow night.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Wild fan here… yes this makes the Pens the best team (for now). Long season tho, but when you add the best player in the league to a team that’s top 5, I’d say for now they’re the squad to beat… I love my Wild but they are not in the top 4, call it top 5 but if it was playoff time, no doubt the Sharks would be in the finals.

  5. rainyday56 - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:34 AM

    Hockey is kind of like soccer. In soccer you have Real, Barca, ManU and then all the rest. In hockey you have Sid, then all the rest. ..

    • gbiscottagecheesefatties - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:46 AM

      really. really? soccer is like basketball. 4 teams compete each year. How often does the same team repeat in euro and how often has the nba finals had the same teams… look at the past stanley cup champs, it’s changed quite often.

  6. govtminion - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Are they the best? No. Are they a Cup contender? Absolutely.

    I’ll be surprised if they don’t clash with the Bruins in the Eastern Finals- they’re by far the two best teams in the conference, with apologies to the Flyers and- distantly- the Rangers and Capitals.

    Can you imagine a series between these two? Total madness. I’ll be highly disappointed if it doesn’t happen.

  7. nhlbruins90 - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    The best? C’mon now, let’s get our hormones under control. He had a great return back to action … against one of the worst teams in the league. We all had a “F*CK YEAH” moment.

    Now, let’s be a little more sober. Where will he be in ten games when the adrenaline wears off? Will he (God forbid) suffer a setback on the next really hard hit? How will the Pens hold up against the B’s, the Flyers, 3 games in 4 nights?

    Let them win nine in a row, then pit them against the B’s in a home-on-home double header. Then we’ll know. For now, … say, when do the B’s play the Pens next?

  8. cshearing - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Yes. They incredibly were one of the best teams in the league without Crosby, and he is the best player in the NHL; there is no credible argument. Being the best does not mean you automatically win, however, which is what I think some are saying here. It will still be a war for the Cup, it always is.

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