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Brief and to the Point …

>> My Monday column discovers a potential winger for Sidney Crosby on the NHL’s trade deadline day. And he might be even better than Rick Nash.

>> Assuming the top line remains intact, as the column strongly advocates, what would your other three lines look like going into the playoffs?

And yes, assume a healthy Crosby.

The reason I did so in the column is because I’m working off a premise as to what’s good enough for the Penguins to win a Stanley Cup. To me, no Crosby, no Cup.

>> Feel free to manufacture a third-line center out of thin air, by the way. No way I’d feel good about those two loaded lines if Joe Vitale is my checking guy.

My choice: Bobby Holik in his prime!

>> Speaking of lines, if you missed it, this was my Sunday analysis of the Penguins’ outstanding top unit.

>> For updates all day on the deadline, follow our Josh Yohe on Twitter. But as he’ll tell you and I heard myself yesterday at Consol, the Penguins weren’t remotely close to anything as of the afternoon. That doesn’t always mean nothing will get done, but there are strong indications this deadline will be quiet for a lot of teams, not just Pittsburgh.

>> A fun moment I snapped for you at Consol yesterday …

That’s Brad Thiessen after his first NHL game — and victory — wiping away the shaving cream his teammates stuffed in his face coming off the ice. It might not be his last. He could be taking Brent Johnson’s place.

>> I’ve heard few discussions among hockey followers more ridiculous than the ones over the weekend comparing Evgeni Malkin’s excellent goal Saturday to Mario Lemieux getting the puck from Phil Bourque in the Penguins’ end, charging through center ice and into the North Stars’ end, splitting two defensemen, then deking violently to his backhand while sliding to the ice, then crashing into the post.

In a Stanley Cup final!

What next, Antonio Brown’s one-handed catch compared to the Immaculate Reception?

Michael McKenry’s home run compared to Maz?

Give me a break.

Here’s the real deal, for those who need a reminder …


If you really need more after watching that, go back to the beginning, right after Tom Barrasso’s save. Look at how far behind Lemieux the initial pass went. Look how he caught it, then turned it to his forehand in full stride. It’s amazing all by itself.

>> The “Moneyball” movie now has something in common with the A’s: It gets all the praise and attention … and wins nothing.

>> My weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio will be today at noon.

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