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McGuire Calls Sidney Crosby ‘Most Disrespected Player in Our Game’

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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is not exactly Rodney Dangerfield, but sometimes Crosby can be downright disrespected, and we’re not talking about Philadelphia Flyers fans.

A couple of weeks ago, retired Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky, who seemed to delight in inflicting pain upon Crosby when the two squared off, disparaged Crosby’s on-ice presence and called him a whiner. Crosby took the high road and didn’t respond. 

Crosby has won just two Hart trophies despite nearly 15 years of dominance. In his 16th season, Crosby is again in the top-10 of NHL scoring and has carried the Penguins as injuries have crumpled the lineup, including a significant injury to Evgeni Malkin.

On Saturday, NBC color analyst Pierre McGuire heaped praise on Crosby during the Penguins 3-2 win and chided his compadres across hockey.

“This guy’s career has been amazing, and not enough people show enough respect,” McGuire said during the first period of the broadcast. “He’s the most disrespected player in our game in terms of star power. I really believe it.”

McGuire’s broadcast partner John Forslund, the Seattle Kraken play-by-play next season, also chimed in.

“You don’t want to say a superstar is taken for granted, but occassionally but Sidney may because of consistency and others who have emerged over time,” Forsland said.

Crosby has captained three Stanley Cup winners, won two gold medals, including scoring the Golden Goal for Team Canada in 2010, won the world championships, world junior championships, as well as a bevy of individual honors.

In 16 NHL seasons, Crosby has 1313 points in 1027 games after one assist on Saturday.

But let’s come back to the trophies. Crosby has only two Hart trophies, despite being arguably a top-five player in NHL history. That seems like a low total.

This season, Sidney Crosby has 50 points in 43 games, including 17 goals. He tied Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand for the top-scoring player in the East Division.

The broadcasters also hyped Crosby’s Hart trophy bonafides for this season. We won’t argue.

In Crosby fashion, teammate Jared McCann scored a goal that Crosby has made famous by shooting the puck off the goalie’s back from below the goal line.

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Ryan
Ryan
5 months ago

Pierre is not wrong one bit! Its disgusting with the amount of disrespect that Crosby gets. Its absolutely pathetic what people say about him, but you know Crosby uses their hate as fuel to his game 😈

Eric
Eric
5 months ago
Reply to  Ryan

I think Pierre was speaking directly to the Dubinsky comments. I think hockey people around the league from players to management give Sid the respect he deserves and earned. Jeff Carter coming to the Pens speaks volumes to the respect and pedigree of Sidney Crosby.

Daniel T Zollweg
Daniel T Zollweg
5 months ago

Yes Thats right Crosby is the top player in the nhl he is a team leader and player on and of the ice.When not doing hockey he is allways making news helping others. there should be more players like him.I hope someday he stays in the game doing something like coaching or working with pittsburgh doing something, when all new players come to pittsburgh i see he help all the players some way. so the all the plaers that put him down. look at yourself and see what you have done in the nhl or any other leauge. No 87… Read more »

J Kerr
J Kerr
5 months ago

Does anyone believe for a moment that the Great One would have been as great had he had to endure the hits and constant abuse Crosby experiences every game? Where is Crosby’s on ice bodyguard? That’s right, he doesn’t have one!

Last edited 5 months ago by J Kerr
Ghansen
Ghansen
5 months ago

Give me a break. I am not saying he is not a good player but he is consistently slashing other players including goalies, diving, whining and crying. And the league cant suck his ass enough even though there are other exemplary players like marleau, mckinnon, pastarnak. They dont dive and whine.

Eric
Eric
5 months ago
Reply to  Ghansen

Seriously? WTF are you watching and reading? CONSTANTLY? In all of my years watching Penguins games I have never seen or heard Sid post game criticize or complain about players, refs, or coaches! Never! On ice he does exactly what every other player at times.

Kris Olson
Kris Olson
5 months ago
Reply to  Eric

Say Less……… Crosby has been playing the game at full speed , an with the other teams game planning how to contain him since the first time he entered the NHL. Now if your in his shoes, an at his size , with the amount of time he’s got the puck, so of course he is gonna be addressing the missed penalties to ref’s. He’s the main offensive contributor, an so when he’s getting cross checked or being physically mauled by the opposing team . Hes missed almost 2-3 season’s of Hockey because of concussions etc. The reality is ,… Read more »

jackw
jackw
5 months ago
Reply to  Ghansen

Your comment is a great example. Neither Marleau nor Pastarnak are even in Crosby’s league, and McKinnon hasn’t won anything yet, so at this point neither is he.

Even leaving that aside, your comment about whining and diving is a joke. Projection much?

David Kelly
David Kelly
5 months ago
Reply to  Ghansen

Sidney Crosby is not a good player…he’s a GREAT player! If you disagree, you’re full of shit!! He’s won Stanley Cups, Gold medals, Hart Trophies, etc etc!! He dominates the game!! GO PENS!

Don Meyer
Don Meyer
5 months ago
Reply to  David Kelly

Look at the stats … he DOES NOT dominate the game and hasn’t for years now. Wake TFU

pagnozzi
pagnozzi
5 months ago

High praise from the most disrespected announcer in the game. Pierre, just stfu.

teamquebec
teamquebec
5 months ago

He only has 2 Hart Trophies because of injuries, plain and simple. He would have at least 5, maybe 6 otherwise… 06-07 ankle injury, 10-11 and 11-12 concussion/neck and 12-13 broken jaw. 06-07, 10-11 and 12-13 he was the leading scorer when he got injured and was simply dominant. As for the whining… Gretzky and Lemieux were whining too!!! Superstars are always the main targets and receive tons of cheap shots in a game. Watch Sidney plays and nobody in the league gets more abuse than him without getting the calls, so people should once and for all stop with… Read more »

Darren LeBlanc
Darren LeBlanc
5 months ago

I hope to see him fishing on Grand Lake someday soon

amos burton
amos burton
5 months ago

I don’t see the disrespect; unless you are talking about jealous fans of other teams trashing him on message boards secretly wishing he was on their team. He seems to be well respected by the league, media and community as our scores of other stars in the NHL.

Steve
Steve
5 months ago

Great? Yes.
Whiner? Yes.
Not mutually exclusive.

Bill
Bill
5 months ago

How many points does Kane have this year?

Bill
Bill
5 months ago

HOW MUCH DO YOU LISTEN TO NATIONAL BROADCASTS HE’S all they talk about when Pittsburgh is on there !! Get over it

Jon
Jon
5 months ago

I guess Artemi Panarin doesn’t play in the east anymore, as he also has 50 points and has played way fewer games than both Marchand and Crosby.

Stanley Newman
Stanley Newman
5 months ago

I will always disrespect Crosby for agreeing to meet with Donald Trump at the White House. I don’t care that they won the Stanley Cup. Meeting up with such an evil person can never be rationalized. Human rights trump sports every time!

Sean
Sean
5 months ago
Reply to  Dan Kingerski

Crosby is Canadian. Hailing from Nova Scotia, he has no dog in the fight between Trump & the far-left/Dems who hated him.

David
David
5 months ago
Reply to  Stanley Newman

I respect him for meeting with Trump. And so do at least half of Americans.

Nancy Kralik
Nancy Kralik
5 months ago
Reply to  David

Yes

Nick
Nick
5 months ago
Reply to  Stanley Newman

Good lord get off Trumps nuts already. He’s not president anymore and you don’t hear from him much anymore. Btw since he left how different is the country? Oh yeah not at all. Get a life

SD Pens Fan
SD Pens Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  Stanley Newman

Buck Fiden.
Politics have no place in sports.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Whinner was correct, dirty player should have been addaed , should call him fingers for removingvthem on other player with his dirty play.

Ken ROUSSEAU
Ken ROUSSEAU
5 months ago

Pierre is the most overrated loudmouth hockey analyst in sports CROSBY IS A BABY AND A WHINER

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Johna
Johna
5 months ago

He used to be the best in the league … now, he’s just a crybaby!

Rockinroadie99
Rockinroadie99
5 months ago

Crosby Top 5 all time, lol??? He’s lucky to be in the Top 50!!!

DMC24
DMC24
5 months ago
Reply to  Rockinroadie99

This comment is why I rarely read these boards. Lucky to be in the top 50?? In all seriousness you clearly don’t know a thing about hockey. Whether you like Crosby or not, suggesting he’s not a great player is just plain ignorant or a weak attempt to get people to pay some attention to you.

Tim
Tim
5 months ago

Pierre McGuire is useless commentator and Crosby is a cry baby that doesn’t mind spearing and slashing and any play that will get him a call by the ref’s . Play the game and stop whining.🏒

Kwhite
Kwhite
5 months ago

He is the hateful one thinks rules dont apply to him

G. Karol
G. Karol
5 months ago

Top five all time? LOL. Not even the best of his generation. Ovechkin is tougher, far better at scoring goals and has more hardware with less of a team. Not even a top 5 forward of all time. Great generational talent, but Pens have Lemieux and Jagr, and a few guys named Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Messier, just to name a few others, that Sid cant even carry their bags, let alone top in some objective ranking.

SD Pens Fan
SD Pens Fan
5 months ago
Reply to  G. Karol

Curious as to what this hardware you are referring to that Ovi has? Ovi cant even have friends over for drinks because he only has one cup.

S Fuentes
S Fuentes
21 days ago
Reply to  SD Pens Fan

G. Karol…? do you even watch hockey? check out the hockey DB …you are clueless IMO

Steve
Steve
5 months ago

I don’t think there’s any question he’s #5 all time. It’s Jagr 6? How nuts is that??

Abel
Abel
5 months ago

Crosby is the best of his era, it’s not even a debate. I hear people bring up a lot of names but who else has accomplished what has ? Ovechkin is a great scorer and a big body aside from that not very special. These days he has that idiot Wilson doing his dirty work for him. What a tough guy he is, except when Ryan Reaves is around then he’s the biggest whiner and complainer ever. Sorry about getting off on that tangent. The point is Crosby is like Tom Brady all the fans hate them but those two… Read more »

Sjh
Sjh
5 months ago

I’ve watched him for years and the cheap shots he’s taken against our goalies, the cross checking, the penalties for stupid crap he’s done. I’ve also watched him get his ass kicked. For good reason. He’s a dirty player.

Last edited 5 months ago by Sjh
Nancy Kralik
Nancy Kralik
5 months ago

You deserve your accolades Syd but you don’t get enough respect for the great player that you are. Know that it’s your greatness that incites jealousy and you won’t get what you deserve.That’s life. Another talent who ha s no where near your developed talent. But I have it, I get it and know the feeling. One of your number one fans.

Nancy Kralik
Nancy Kralik
5 months ago

Unbelievable what you give back to the community. Pittsburgh is fortunate to have you.

Tempo raymondo
Tempo raymondo
5 months ago

He okays the game with his palms up all the time. Anyone touch’s him he whines to the refs. Why do you think they hardly call anything on players who play hard against him? Refs are suck and tired of listening to @Cindy” moan about everything, he and LaTang too!

Nancy kralik
Nancy kralik
1 month ago

Anyone as good as you Sidney isn’t going to get much affirmation you might as well live with it. I support you after your surgery and hope you will soon be back on the ice.

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