CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — “Sid and the kids:” It’s appeared in headlines internationally since Sidney Crosby, Chris 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: