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Crosby is optimistic about the Oilers’ future

Jan 10, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 15: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the loose puck against Taylor Hall #4 and Andrew Ference #21 of the Edmonton Oilers on October 15, 2013 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won the game 3-2. Getty Images

It’s easy to be down on the Edmonton Oilers. They’ve been so bad for so long that it borders on historic. With 46 games in the books, it seems safe to say that they’ll miss the playoffs for an eighth straight campaign and have a real shot of getting their fourth first overall pick in five years.

Still, the Oilers have their supporters and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby is one of them. He likes that many of their young, skilled players are in key roles and he thinks that will eventually pay off.

“I don’t think they’re too far away at all,” Crosby told the Edmonton Sun.

“They’re fast and skilled and pretty fun to watch. They have pretty creative players.”

He also compared the Oilers recent struggles to the Penguins’ failings in 2005-06. Fresh off of drafting Crosby and with Mario Lemieux looking to stage a comeback, they were able to lure some free agents like defenseman Sergei Gonchar. Expectations were high, but the team ultimately failed to make the playoffs.

The difference is that the Penguins secured a postseason spot the following season and Crosby was a Stanley Cup champion in his fourth campaign. Edmonton’s situation is different, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that they haven’t assembled a complete team.

After all, when Pittsburgh won it all, they didn’t do it solely on the strength of Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. They had Jordan Staal, who was regarded as one of the best defensive forwards in the game, some solid shutdown defensemen in Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik, and veteran leadership from guys like Bill Guerin.

The Oilers have plenty of work to do if they want to emulate the Penguins. Perhaps they’ll take a step in that direction before the trade deadline.

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  1. ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    don’t worry Edmonton, Crosby thinks your team is fun to watch… so it’s all good that they blow.

    really, did we expect Crosby to make some enemies and bash another current NHL team? players know not to bash entire teams or a photo of you goes up on their locker room bulletin board/dartboard.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      “or a photo of you”
      -should be-
      “or their photo”

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

        the life of a person who thumbs down somebody correcting their self must be quite lonely and pathetic.

      • jrd8523 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        It’s more pathetic that you care about thumbs down than that someone gave you a thumbs down. The life of a person who talks to himself on comment sections must be lonely indeed.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

        lol i’m being paid quite handsomely to do what I’m doing right now, bud. I think I’ll be ok.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        yea i bet you get paid handsomely to sit in your grandmothers basement beatin off to flyer posts all day. keep dreamin brah

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        not sure what you’re talking about. I post on a lot of teams’ articles. I KNOW more about the Flyers, so it’s usually more insightful, but I’ve said it time and time again: Hockey fan first, Flyers fan second. I just forget that I can’t comment on Pens stories (even if I don’t say anything negative…. kinda like this post) or I get harassed by some touchy ass penguins fans.

        that, and I’ve made it pretty clear on multiple occasions what I do for a living. degreed mechanical engineer that currently does structural/acoustic engineering. what you got? Governor of your porcelain throne?

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        i bet you do genius. by the way i work for nasa as an associate chief information officer for enterprise service and integration so back off blue collar

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        and yet, you have no idea what a comma is. baffling.

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        cmon blue collar, dont nit pick on my lazy typing it makes you sound uneducated

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        ok. so… is using commas where periods should be lazy also? seems to me to be the same amt of keypresses. nope, you’re just stupid.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        ^^^ see what I did there?

      • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:23 PM

        come on blue collar, your better than this

      • philafly - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        You must not be very good at your job then, toiletcleaner. Seems as though your employer is looking for your replacement.

        https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/357590800

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:18 PM

        BAHAHAHAHHAHAHAA! comment of the month. too bad it’s at the bottom of a stale post. won’t get the recog it deserves.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:55 PM

        i saw it…classic.

  2. montrealbbr - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Shouldnt Crosby be crying to someone about how opposing players are hitting him too hard?

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Do you just troll PHT for stories on the Penguins and Crosby to type childish things? Find a hobby.

      • montrealbbr - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        Sorry that the truth hurts for some people! Crosby should be focusing on leading his team to the Cup finals instead of giving his opinion on bad teams.

      • esracerx46 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        Im pretty sure someone asked for his opinion. I don’t he’s going to hold a press conference about a crappy team. What is he supposed to say?

      • davebabychreturns - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        “Uhh sorry I can’t comment on that, ProHockeyTalk commenter ‘montrealbbr’ doesn’t think it’s appropriate. Next question?”

    • mmmpierogi - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

      Some reporter asks Crosby about the team that they’re playing Friday night. Crosby gives a polite, boilerplate response that any player in his position would give. Not sure why there’s a need whine about that.

    • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      montreal is irrelevant, you have no credibility son

  3. joey4id - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    I do believe the Oilers should not panic and trade their top talent for short term success. They’re not far off from in terms of players from making the playoffs. In other words, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. The more mature Oilers management have to keep guys like MacTvish in check. Resist the urge to pull the trigger. That said, I wouldn’t say the team is fun to watch, but seeing some of their young stars show off their speed, nifty moves, and brilliant passes is fun to watch.

    • esracerx46 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      Mactavish should be the mature one. The fact he’s going off on fans and contemplating trading their best young players shows his immaturity and why he shouldn’t have been given the job. That’s the problem, the Oilers don’t have a person more mature than who they have and were too incompetent/stubborn/prideful to search elsewhere.

    • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Having said that, what do you think it would take to pry Eberle off of Edmonton…..

      • joey4id - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        If you trade Eberle then you have to replace him, and the kid is 23. Oliers need a goalie and a d-man, and the d man should be in the top 2 or 3 on the depth chart of his team. You can’t give up youth in this trade without getting some youth back. It’s tough to throw out names, but easier to identify the types of players they can get. Type players like Wilson or Backstrom (Wsh). Boyle, Markov, Niskanen etc… are UFAs next year,and a some good goalies like Halak and Hiller.

      • nbcornwell - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:15 PM

        Your best player, couple first round picks, your sisters phone number, a nice dinner out, and a back rub.

      • hockey412 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Excellent answer.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Who cares what Crosby thinks of another team?

    • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      The Edmonton Sun…evidently they asked him what he thought of them…that’s what I’m gathering. I kind of cared a little too, it’s just as good as anything else going on right now.

    • amityvillefun - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      100% agree. Who cares?

      Crosby should not be the spokesman for the NHL. He’s a whining crybaby.

      He needs to stand in line at the RMV like everyone else.

      • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        You’re an idiot. As a resident of Pittsburgh, I hope they never make Crosby, McCutchen, Michael Keaton, or any other famous athlete or celebrity stand in the DMV line…nobody needs that mob.

        I think you know this, I think you just like to put a spin on it. But if you don’t know this, you’ll probably understand when you grow up.

    • killerpgh - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      “Who cares what Crosby thinks of another team?”

      Did the clearly stated title of the article confuse you? Why would you click on the link unless it cared what Crosby’s opinion is? I could see if it was a tricky title, but the title clearly tells want the story covers. If you hate Crosby just don’t click on stories about him. Pretty basic stuff.

    • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      you should care, he is the face of the nhl and brings in revenue like you wouldnt believe. A thank you is required by you before you post anymore

  5. dropthepuckeh - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Today’s irrelevant article in Pro-Crosby Talk. Since when did the Penguins become the model to which other franchises should be compared? They have won one Cup in the last 20 years and while I know they think they are the always the best team and the NHL promotes them as the league’s darlings, assembling a team of divers, cheap shot artists and whiners cannot be what Edmonton needs. The Oilers should look at what Chicago did with young talent and experienced veterans while playing a passionate and honest style of hockey. It would be hard to include Crosby in that discussion but I’m sure there is a way people could find a way to bring the Golden little boy into that discussion.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      I don’t think they’re the model franchise – it would appear that they picked the Pens because of the similarities in the way that the teams established themselves (high draft picks). Its true they have one cup in the last twenty years, but to be fair you cherry-picked that number a little bit as they have 3 in the last 22 years, but both stories (the one from the Sun as well as PHT) were just drawing comparisons between two teams who were in similar situations. Would Chicago be an equally appropriate comparison? Absolutely…. however since its Pittsburgh that is in town to play them tonight, I think this makes for a bit more of a salient story.

    • hockey412 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:20 AM

      I can tell you feel strongly about that, and no offense, but you sound like a 13 year old girl right now. A newspaper asked Crosby a question, which he answered honestly. You have some deep-seated feelings that really look way too deep into this article. Crosby is the reigning Lindsay Award winner, is a pretty notable hockey player and was a part of a similar rebuild, so I guess his reponse was relevant.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM

        i guess they forget about how many stories PHT does about irrelevant opinions. Crosby doesn’t really get special treatment. replace Crosby in his comment with Adam Oates, and I’d agree with him. seems we hear his opinion on EVERYTHING.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:38 AM

        and really, they don’t do a whole lot of Crosby’s-opinion pieces.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        No offense taken as I’m sure you meant 13 year old girl in praise. Congrats to Sid on the Lindsay award and being the voice of the NHL. Outside of Pittsburgh most hockey fans could care less what he has to say about other teams. As for you deciding what is relevant or not and policing everything written about the Penguins, I guess I would too if I were stuck in Pittsburgh in January with nothing else to do. Have fun.

      • hockey412 - Jan 13, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        If no one cares, why did the OPPOSING TEAM’s newspaper ask him about it, and why did an impartial website write about that?

        Not really policing anything there, just pointing out the obvious…I’m sure things must be muuuuuch busier for you, having taken the time to argue the fact that no one cares about his comments hahahaha.

    • toiletclown - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      show some respect to the best player in the world brah

  6. jpelle82 - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    you people realize the penguins are playing the oilers tonight in edmonton right? he hasnt played in edmonton since 2010, he made himself available to the media, they asked him what he thought…not seeing the problem here. he is the face of the nhl and canadian hockey and he plays in the eastern conference in the united states. the paper would be doing their subscribers a disservice if they didnt ask him everything they could while they had the chance.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      PHT COULD have just had this one in their morning skate with a link though. the PHT headline did this story a disservice. makes it seem like crosby should be the authority on the status of other teams. but hey, slow news day I guess.

  7. supercoop8 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Every time a player honestly answers a question to the media the “who cares” gestapo comes out on PHT.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      um…. no? everytime PHT reposts a player’s answer to the media about a team he’s not on, we come out. because honestly, who cares what anybody not in the Oilers system thinks of the Oilers? the only reason reporters even ask those questions is just to stir up controversy if they answer wrong. he answered correctly, why are we even reading about it?

      • supercoop8 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        You don’t have to read about it.
        I hate the Pens as much as the next guy but the structuring of their team is the same model the Oilers used and it offers them an interesting perspective.
        I am just sick of the cliche ‘who cares what you think’ reaction when players are responding to reporters and this idea that they are just popping off hoping anyone with a tape recorder is near.
        Again, you don’t have to read it.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        I know there’s exceptions, but a lot of us don’t care that the PLAYERS answer questions. in fact, I often use the same logic as you. reporter asks question, player answers it. I prefer them to answer as opposed to giving a di**headed “no comment.” the thing I take exception to is outlets trying to make news out of nothing. PHT takes full advantage of the Flyers/Pens rivalry comment section trolls and their guaranteed comment section hits. I can’t say I blame them for trying to meet a quota, but really, this is the thing you see everyday as simply a link in the morning skate.

        but ya, I guess not reading is a simpler option.

  8. nj666 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I would have loved it if crosby pulled a gretzky and said “when is this mickey mouse operation going to get it together? how many first overall picks does it take?”

  9. penguins87and71 - Jan 10, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    I just love how everyone is ripping on Sidney Crosby. The reporter asked him a question about the Oilers and Crosby politely answered. What’s he going to say no? I guess I will never understand why people hate Sidney Crosby.

  10. muckleflugga - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    ibieiniid

    you my friend, have no need to correct yourself…

    your longer posts in particular are enjoyable to read…your insight on many offerings function in abstract space behind the obvious…

    my favourite posts in these boards come from that ground…not always from the articulate…others come from the heart…voices heard over the text…equally inspiring

    there’s some cat named dumbassgreg who crams more insight and hockey wisdom into single posts than 90 percent of the offerings herein…blomfeld too…he leaves me laughing…they make me work

    humour…satire…sarcasm…wit…pure gold

    of course your audience is involved in the transaction, so flow in discussion is abbreviated by limitations in that audience…unable to engage ideas because they’ve never been armed with tools to do so…they prefer to kneel to status quo rather than risk declaring ideas publicly…a shame really…

    censorship imposed by one’s own insecurities

    ideas, yours and theirs, are correct insofar as functioning as conduit for inspiration and provocation…there is no need to correct typos, because the idea overrides any tiny misstep…

    whereas effort at correction interrupts flow…

    finally, those who seek gratification and approval with thumbs up or down, have permitted need for popularity to interfere in their very expression and free streaming flow of idea

    stay true to your own truths, and run with your ideas

    • ibieiniid - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      thanks muckle. keep commenting. IMO, you and blom make these comment sections readable half the time. i gotta keep an eye out for dumbassgreg.

      • blomfeld - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM

        ICH BIN EIN BERLINER !

  11. jimthebear - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Thanks Crosby, do you prefer boxers or briefs? WTF do the Oilers or ANY of us care what he thinks of any team but his own.. Hey Crosby, who do you like the football games this weekend?

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