Today’s Backhand Shelf Podcast features Pizzo and I disagreeing for 50 minutes while looking back at the excellent weekend of hockey that was. We discussed:

* The Flyers taking down the Penguins

* Peter Laviolette calling Claude Giroux “the best player in the world”

* The Canucks are out, and people seem happy about that

* The missed Sedin hug

* The Red Wings are out – will Nick Lidstrom retire?

* The Sharks are out – should they blow up the roster?

* Raffi Torres got suspended, which was cool

* And a thousand other things.

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Comments (7)

  1. The whole “best player in the world” debate is plain dumb. This isn’t golf. That being said, how many years does Crosby have to go between Hart Trophies (yes I am assuming he will win another someday) before certain pundits start admitting that he is not on a separate tier from everyone else in the league. 2007 was 5 years ago. Malkin won the Conn Smythe in 2009 and has a Hart trophy pending. Crosby is not in his own tier, not even on his own team.

    • This. Crosby had 2008, 2009, and 2010 to boost this argument. He was great in each of those seasons, but not a world away from everyone else.

      • I guess those 66 points in 42 games didn’t put him a world away from everyone in the 2010-11 season. Or those 37 points in 22 games this season. People forget how good Crosby is and look for any small detail to bring him down. The entire penguins team sucked this last series and yet he still had 8 points in 6 games. Give him a healthy summer and see where he is next year.

  2. Bourne’s right. If you were to ask to me to pick a team to play one game next week, I’m thinking hard about taking Giroux first.

    Nicklas Lidstrom was long considered the best d-man in the NHL, but he’s not anymore. Times chance. Just because Sid was so great pre-concussion, doesn’t mean he still is. He IS still a great player, but not the runaway greatest in the world. He’s not in peak shape, and he has been outperformed by Giroux recently—especially in the playoffs.

  3. Thanks Joe….go to hell Justin.

  4. I meant Rob…sorry Rob.

  5. Where was Giroux in the first game, or either of the two losses? I didn’t notice him except for his fight with Sid. He had a couple of other great games, no doubt.

    Crosby was one of the best player in the series up until Malkin ran over him like a dumptruck in game 5. Sid was probably trying to keep his lunch down after that, and keeping his eyes away from the bright lights. It was pretty obvious he was off when he got rocked 5 seconds into game 6, conveniently, by Giroux.

    Resume of the Best Player in the World
    -2nd Runner-up to the Art Ross
    -4th Highest Active Playoff Points Per Game (Ouch, Sid is 1st)
    -78 (!) career goals at the age of 24
    -HIT Crosby, then scored a goal….which ended up being the high water mark of his career

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