Crosby is not the reason he had a good year, that is ridiculous, if that was the case why is he having another remarkable year this year? Malkin is just a great playmaker, one of the best, as is Crosby, but I'd still say that Malkin is better even if it is harder to say after Crosby had that hell of a half season last year.
if he gets injured again, which is very likely, then he'll be done or will be completely stupid and decide to stay even if it is destroyig his health. I thought the same thing about Manning in the beginning of the season man, but sometimes you gotta let go.
Where did I say Crosby was the sole reason the Pens won the cup?? I said if he wasn't on that team, they don't win, and that's true.
Think about it. The Pens had Crosby-Malkin as their top 2 centers, centering the 1A/1B line respectively. They faced the Red Wings. Lidstrom, Zetterberg, and Datsyuk were assigned to be on Crosby every time he stepped onto the ice. Like his shadow.
When you have 3 of the best defensive players in the league on your back for 60 minutes, 7 games, you are going to be rendered ineffective no matter how good you are.
It is because of this why Malkin flourished because the attention was always on Crosby.
This video is from 08, but it's a pretty good representation of what Sid had to deal with on a shift to shift basis.
THERE IS ONLY ONE DIAMOND IN THE BUSINESS AND HIS NAME IS TITUS O'NEIL