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I might as well get the most obvious out of the way.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin probably want to forget about certain things this past season, specifically concerning the injury problems that ate away their season.
For Malkin, who has started light skating sessions after suffering an ACL and MCL tear, a full recovery looks to be on the horizon. For Crosby, however, the future isn't as certain.
Whether Crosby will be back to his old self, stringing together massive point streaks and acting like a one-man highlight reel, is unknown. But regardless of the final product we will see when Crosby takes his first strides on the ice, we are certain that Crosby will be able to return.
Even if Crosby will never put together a record season, his unmatched work ethic will bring forth only positive results.
Lost in the issues surrounding Crosby's concussion is what the Pens have lost by not having Malkin locked away with an injury.
With the struggles on the power play, the Pens could have used Malkin's one-timer from the top of the circle. A pass fans so often associated with the following words from play-by-play announcer Paul Steigerwald: "From Gonchar...to Malkin."
Having these two back will be so uplifting not only for the team, but for the fans as well. Crosby and Malkin have become a huge part of Pittsburgh.