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Crosby still best player in world, Rutherford says

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said he believes the body of work that captain Sidney Crosby has established over 13 seasons is reason enough to give his  the edge over Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid as the best hockey player in the world.

Crosby still best player in world, Rutherford says

Rutherford, who is here watching the Penguins compete in the Prospects Challenge at HarborCenter, offered his opinion when asked how close he felt 20-year-old McDavid was to 30-year-old Crosby after winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and Art Ross Trophy as the leading scorer last season.

“There’s a lot of different ways in judging this; McDavid is just a great player and at a very young age,” Rutherford said. “The thing that Sid has now is three Stanley Cup championships, some Olympic gold medals and a few Canada Cup titles.

“Sid’s resume and legacy is already established, but what McDavid is doing now is at the front end of his legacy that’s he’s starting to establish. I would expect McDavid and the Oilers to win championships in the near future, and I think that’s more when we get to making the comparison.”

The Hockey News ranked McDavid as the No. 1 player in the NHL in its annual preseason yearbook, with Crosby No. 2 after spending the past nine years at the top of that list. McDavid will become the NHL’s highest-paid player with an eight-year, $100 million contract extension that begins next season. His $12.5 million average annual value would be the highest in the NHL.

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Adidas Penguins #66 Mario Lemieux Green Salute to Service Stitched NHL Jersey

Adidas Penguins #66 Mario Lemieux Green Salute to Service Stitched NHL Jersey

“I don’t see [McDavid] nearly as much as I watch Sid, but I have so much respect for both players; they’re each tremendous in their own way,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I happen to believe Crosby right now is the best two-way player in the game. He’s got an insatiable appetite to be the best, is a real competitive guy and is willing to put the work in to be at the top of his game.”

“I decided that in my 43rd season of NHL broadcasting it was time to really take a look at the road schedule, to start reducing my travel a bit,” Lange said. “The Penguins have been very accommodating, and I really appreciate their willingness to work with me on this. I still plan to do 50-plus games. As part of this transition, we’re all very fortunate to have a talented young broadcaster like Josh Getzoff here to step in and do play-by-play when I’m not in the booth. Penguins fans know Josh well from the past two seasons, and he has a very bright future.”

Both Lange and Getzoff will work alongside veteran analyst , who returns for his 15th season. All Penguins game broadcasts air on flagship station WXDX-FM (105.9 The X) and the Penguins Radio Network.

“I’ve talked to Mike about all of this and I know he believes it is the right time in his career to cut back on his travel schedule,” Bourque said. “He’ll still be our lead radio play-by-play announcer. He’ll always be the ‘Voice of the Penguins.’ And I think this might prolong his career. I also share his opinion about Josh as an outstanding young broadcast talent. Josh and I have called a number of preseason games together and we’ll look to build on those NHL jerseys china wholesale in the regular season.”

Getzoff has spent the past two years as host of the Penguins’ pre- and post-game radio shows, as well as doing play-by-play for most preseason games.

When Getzoff is calling play-by-play action during the 2017-18 season, will take over as pre- and post-game radio host.

Lange will call the Penguins’ regular season opener against the St. Louis Blues on October 4 at PPG Paints Arena, when the 2017 Stanley Cup banner will be raised to the rafters. By Lange’s choice, Getzoff will make his debut the next night, handling play-by-play duties when the Penguins travel to Chicago to play the Blackhawks.

“This is where I spent a good deal of my childhood. It’s a big part of who I am,” Morehouse said.

Morehouse wanted to share the special celebration with the community he grew up in, as it was his third time bringing the Stanley Cup to the park where he played street hockey at as a kid. He was even able to pose for a photo with the men he played hockey with in free shipping in middle school and high school.

Morehouse, entering his 11th season with the Penguins organization, has placed an emphasis on fan outreach. Engaging the community, he feels, has played a large role in the blossoming of youth hockey, and the sport itself, in the Pittsburgh area.

“We’re leading the country in growth, in the mites and squirts age group,” Morehouse said. “We’ve also built 12 dek hockey rinks around the area of Pittsburgh. We’ve partnered with Highmark, we’ve partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods with the Learn to Play program.

“Pittsburgh is a great hockey town, it always has been, but now you’re seeing more kids playing hockey than ever before, and there’s more talent because of it.”

After the event, Morehouse took the Stanley Cup to his home before sharing it with his son’s hockey jerseys team.

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