PensNation Opinion: What Is Going On With The Coverage Of The Penguins?

By Larry Snyder

First it was retired right-wing Matthew Barnaby talking with Steve Kouleas on SiriusXM NHL Network Radio about a rift between the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux just before Thanksgiving.

The alleged falling out came after the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. He cited coaching and team personnel as additional reasons for the breach.

Of course, the two denied any problem with their relationship. Sidney Crosby told the Assoicated Press on Fox Sports, ”I honestly don’t even know what to say to that. If people are going to make stuff up, it’s totally out of my control. I feel stupid even commenting on it. That’s ridiculous.”

Now this week, Stan Fischler in his One-Timers column for the The Hockey News proposes that Evgeni Malkin is the team’s best asset to move in any trade. Fischler likes Malkin going to the Carolina Hurricanes for Eric Staal.

Malkin has been a force with the team, leading after 24 games with 12 goals and 25 points. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound center is tied with defenseman Kris Letang for the most assists with 13 apiece. Staal has contributed four goals and 10 assists for a total of 14 points after the same amount of contests.

While Malkin’s value is at its peak and a moveable asset, I am not sure what this type of deal would accomplsh in the long run for the franchise.

I am beginning to wonder about the sources for these out-of-town reporters. The team is up for sale and was valued at $565 million by Forbes Magazine in the fall of 2014. The Black and Gold are perceived as a contender with their star players inked to long-term deals and are set for the future.

Now come stories that the key players of the franchise are upset and possibly going to be moved. Would you want to put down $500 million and more if Crosby and Malkin are not in the mix? What is the next story going to be? Are Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang mad at each other and want out of Pittsburgh?

Could somebody in the front office be unhappy to the point of planting these types of rumors? What about a disgruntled former employee? Is there a member of the media who covers the Penguins on a regular basis who has an axe to grind?

You and I can speculate about the production of the bottom six forwards or the failure of the power play unit. However, these reports seem to want to undermine in part or chip away at the core value of the franchise. Let your fellow fans and I know your thoughts in the comments section below.