This was originally a reply to someone else's post . I've never started an original post before, but...
I can't believe people are really advocating trading Malkin. I want to give some historical perspective on how rare a talent Geno is:
Active 100 point players: 15 (Jagr, Selanne, Heatley, Thornton, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Hossa, Alfredsson, Eric Staal)
100 point players/last 5 years: 6 (Malkin, Sedin, Sedin, Ovechkin, Crosby, Backstrom)
Two 100 point seasons/last five years: 3 (Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin)
Three 100 point seasons/last five years: 2 (Malkin, Ovechkin)
Number of players in NHL history with 3 or more 100 point seasons: 35 (only 4 since 2000 – Thornton, Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin)
Number of players to EVER top Malkin’s 36 playoff points from ’09: 3 (Gretzky, Lemieux, Coffey)
Malkin is 11th all-time in points per game in a depressed scoring era and he’ll only be 26 next year.
C’mon people… Look at the names on that list. How do you get a fair return for this kind of player? Are we ready to throw this away over a few bad games and three minor penalties? Is Jordan Staal really harder to replace than Geno?
I don’t think so.