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Report: Malkin’s going to Worlds, Crosby’s not

May 15, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin AP

Just two days after the Penguins were eliminated by the Rangers in Game 7 of their second-round series, the team’s two biggest stars have made up their minds regarding international competition.

Evgeni Malkin is set to join Russia for the World Championships, per’s Igor Eronko, while captain Sidney Crosby will pass on suiting up for Canada, according to the Post-Gazette.

Malkin’s decision to join Team Russia isn’t surprising, as a number of players that suited up for the squad that disappointed at the Winter Olympics have returned to make amends at the Worlds — Alex Ovechkin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Anton Belov, Nikolai Kulemin and Artem Anisimov, to name a few.

It’s also not surprising that Crosby’s elected to stay in North America. Canada’s contingent at the Worlds contains no players from the gold medal-winning Olympic squad and Crosby is coming off a year in which he played a significant amount of hockey: 80 regular-season games, six in Sochi and 13 in the postseason. It’s the most Crosby has played in four years.

  1. killerpgh - May 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    It shouldn’t, but I wonder if the games played effected Crosby. We often here about 1st/2nd year players struggling late in the year because their bodies aren’t used to playing a long 82+ game season. Crosby wasn’t constantly the same player he was at the end of the year that he was at the beginning of the season. If that was injury, teams game plan against him and/or just the wear an tear of a long season it’s unacceptable for a guy who signed a 12 year, 104.4 million dollar contract not to play his best at the most important time of the year.

    2010-11 – Crosby played 41 games total
    2011-12 – 28 total games played
    2012-13 – 49 total games played
    2013-14 – 99 total games played
    (Not counting per season games in any of the season)

    • hockey412 - May 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      I remember it was about 2 weeks before the Olympics that he started to have those “woah, what’s wrong with him” games. Wasn’t every game though, obviously – hard to criticize a guy’s regular season games when he’s an MVP candidate. Whatever it is, I have no doubt he’ll bounce back.

    • elmerbrownelmerbrown - May 15, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      Aren’t the going to need him for the Montreal series

  2. barkar942 - May 15, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    He needs the time off to have his tires pumped back up by Pierre McGuire!

  3. bobc74 - May 15, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Maybe Crosby needs to go to Russia and train with Malkin and Gonchar during the off season. Since Malkin came back from his knee injury, he has stepped up his off-season conditioning regimen. It definitely seems Crosby was more “tired” than Malkin during the final stretch of the season and in the playoff games, even though they both played almost the same number of games including the Olympics. Malkin’s still going, while Crosby needs a nap.

  4. kp20520 - May 16, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    Who’s better?
    Player a: 95 career games. 41 g 73 a +12 6 gwg
    Player b: 95 games, 23 g 43 a +30 5 gwg
    Player c: 79 games, 26 g 32 a -17 4 gwg
    Player d: 145 games, 39 g 69 a +35 6 gwg
    Player e: 58 games 31 g 30 a +9 5 gwg
    Player f: 57 games, 23 g 38 a +15 2 gwg
    Player g: 87 games 25 g 49 a +12 10 gwg

    A. Crosby b. Bergeron C. Parise D. Datsyuk E. Ovi F. Giroux g. Toews

  5. phillyphannnn83 - May 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    His problems are due to recurring post-concussion symptoms.
    Source: an NHL Hall of Fame player who’s knows the league is doing everything they can to keep it quiet(and they’ve been pretty darn successful.

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