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also, the title of this post is misleading. the argument is not a logical defense of Geno. it's a defense of Geno based on the assumption that Geno needs a good sniper on his wing. and hey, who doesn't need a good wingman?
4 years ago on A Very Logical Defense Of Evgeni Malkin
The author's argument has many holes. I think the most glaring is the assertion that Sykora's drop in production is directly due to Bylsma's coaching.
I would argue that Sykora reached his precipitous drop-off in production that comes with age. In other words, he hit the proverbial wall, and he hit it hard. The fact that Sykora went to Minnesota in the offseason of 2009 also undermines a major part of the author's argument. I mean, Minny is the definition of a pop-gun offense, and would not be a logical place for Sykora.
I think the real answer is that most GMs figured out that Sykora was pretty much finished as a 20-30 goal a year guy and that he woudn't be worth the investment.
Also, Geno does need a good winger. Or he can just play wing with Staal, which I thought looked AWESOME before Sid got the concussion.