Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another Russian Fueling the Fire

This comes from Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov, who often does interviews with Russian players and translates them for our eager consumption. He's the one who got the original Semin interview calling Crosby "dead wood."

Well guess what, ole Dmitry is at it again, this time with Sergei Kostitsyn.

D - Who, in your opinion, is the most talented player in the NHL?

S - Do you want me to name just one? Or a couple?

D - Whatever you want.

S - I think of the young players it is Patrick Kane [of the Chicago Blackhawks]. He was the first in fan voting for the All Star game in the Western Conference. I played with him in the past when we were in the juniors. And we're actually about to have dinner with him right now.

D - And who is the most overhyped player?

S - It is probably Crosby, just like everyone says, just like Semin said recently. It is true that [he gets] a lot of attention. If you ask me, I think Semin and Ovechkin play much better than Crosby.

D - But you have to agree that Sidney Crosby is a great player with great skill. It's not for nothing he is considered one of the best players.

S - Yes, he is very technically skilled. But Semin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Malkin are more technically skilled. And it's not because they are Russian, it's just my opinion.

GLORIOUS! Sergei not only mentions Kane again, just like Semin, but he riles up the Crosby debate, just like Semin. This could be a Mother Russia thing or maybe not, either way, it's funny.

It'll also be funny to see the overreaction from Pensblog, whom will certainly call Kostitsyn a joke, proceed to say why Crosby is better than he is (he is), and say WOOOOO at the end. It's gonna be awesome.


James said...

Of course Crosby is better than Sergei K.
That's not the point. The question was 'who's the most overrated player in the NHL'. The answer is perfect.

Vance said...

Oh I know, you won't get an argument from me.

The love affair with Crosby is nearly sickening. He's hyped so very much, but he's not even the most dynamic player on his own team.

Gary Scares Me said...

I think the question was "Who is the most OVERHYPED player in the NHL?", not OVERRATED. And even though I'm a Pens fan, I would agree. He's in nearly every NHL ad and the NHL Esses his D. So in that respect, I agree with you, Vance. He's not, however, OVERRATED.

He is still one of the top three players in the world. I don't know why people are still arguing about this, he's second in points right now, won the scoring title and was MVP in 2006-07, and was tied for first in playoff points last year. AND he was leading the NHL in scoring last year before he got injured. All of this, and he's younger than Geno and AO. I'm not trying to make the argument that he is the best player in the world (though personal achievements may prove otherwise). Quite frankly, on any given night Malkin, Ovie, or Sid could be the best. What I'm saying is he is in the top tier, and I think that only Malkin and Ovie belong in the same breath as him.

Kostitsyn mentions Kovalchuk, Kovalchuk played with Savard and didn't win the scoring title. And Semin wasn't even mentioned as a top player until this year when he came out on fire, but since has cooled off. And you can't deny that those two aren't nearly as good as Sid in the defensive end.

Denson said...

Gary Scare Me, cudos to you my friend.

Crosby? Overhyped? I wouldn't say he doesn't deserve the hype, he's done nothing but deliver. Now, if you mean overhyped in as hes stuffed in our face like the Manning brothers are, then yes, I agree completely as well.

How about we come back to this argument when these guys are 25 and 27?

Hossa is more complete than Crosby or Ovechkin.

Vance said...

Hossa isn't even the most complete player on the Wings.

The 72 million dollar man or the injured all star takes the cake there. Though they are older.

I know nothing about Kane's defensive prowess, these Russians really must go ga-ga over his on ice vision because wouldn't he be a little too small for that?

As for Kovalchuk, he doesn't belong in this discussion.

I wonder if there's a stat that registers the vaunted 2nd assist. I bet Crosby leads the league in them as well.

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