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Sunday’s Best: Sid scouts new kids at deadline

“Sid and the kids:” It’s appeared in headlines internationally since Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis broke up the unlikeliest of trios.

Sidney Crosby imagines the Little Penguins playing on his wings. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — “Sid and the kids:” It’s appeared in headlines internationally since Sidney CrosbyChris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis broke up the unlikeliest of trios. The reasoning? Well, a couple times per season, Crosby — having long dropped “The Kid” moniker — is flanked on either side by a young, possibly unknown, possibly undersized pair of wings.

“Sid” inevitably elevates the game of said “kids” to Stanley Cup-winning heights and the rest is in the sports section (preferably your favorite online-only sports section *wink*). It’s brilliant, of course. The news world loves puns, loves rhymes, loves playing with words in general, in headlines. So, a chance to reference “The Kid” when talking about “Sid” — a no-brainer.

But, what happens when Jake Guentzel and Conor Sheary drop the “kids” tag and find their own place on the team outside of the shadow of No. 87? Well, Crosby goes shopping for new wings, of course. What better time to do that than at the trade deadline while Jim Rutherford works the phones?

That’s what Crosby did at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex on Monday. Some may say that the captain simply surprised 100 or so “Little Penguins” skating after the Penguins finished practice. In reality, he scouted wings much younger than the likes of Guentzel, Sheary and Dominik Simon for future goal-scoring companions.

Let’s have a look:

A Little Penguin smiles as he hits the ice before knowing Penguins would join. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

‘Olivia’ looks up at a coach while waiting for instructions. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Elias, with great hair and great glasses come great hockey struggles, my man. Well worth it for the flow. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry takes a young Crosby (they were all Crosbys) by the mitt. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry shows off his stick skills with the blue pucks. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby hits the ice as an instructor either helps up or tackles a Little Penguin behind him. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry leads the pack in some 3-on-3. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Sidney Crosby looks over his new crop of wingers. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Just some Little Penguins waiting for their turn with Sid … … … – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry is beaten five-hole by a Little Penguin. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Tristan Jarry smiles after giving up a goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Carl Hagelin in a phone booth with five Little Penguins. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Carl Hagelin high-fives a Little Penguin following his goal. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Jake Guentzel goes the other way after ‘stealing’ the puck. – MATT SUNDAY / DKPS