Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby: Team Must Enjoy Process More

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Crosby: Team Must Enjoy Process More

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LAS VEGAS -- Sidney Crosby craves stability like most people crave air.

The Penguins center and captain has seen more chaos with the club over the past couple of months than he ever has.

The hiring Wednesday of a coach, Mike Johnston, by new general manager Jim Rutherford settled one question, but more upheaval is expected. Crosby is braced for it.

"There's definitely a lot of change," Crosby said late Tuesday after the NHL awards show but before Johnston's hiring was finalized. "For me, just the way I am, I'm not a person who usually likes change. I'm pretty [reliant on] routine.

"That being said, when things have changed in the past, and in past experiences, it always has kind of figured itself out at some point. I think you just have to have that confidence [and ride] the momentum that will, hopefully, carry from all the changes and a new perspective."

The team that reports to training camp in September will look different in the wake of a long list of potential free agents and a string of five disappointing postseasons since the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

As a result, players will need to adjust not only to each other but also to Johnston's coaching style, which likely will include tweaked systems, new practice routines, different terminology, and at least one new assistant coach, former Penguins winger Rick Tocchet.

"All those things are things that I think guys will look forward to," Crosby said. "Some fresh faces are something that's kind of inevitable at this point. There are things I think we can look forward to and, hopefully, allow us to kind of turn the page on last year."

The Penguins cruised to the Metropolitan Division title but blew a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers in the second round of the playoffs.

Tuesday, Crosby won the Hart Trophy (MVP), the Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player) and formally accepted the Art Ross Trophy (league scoring championship). The league gala was light and upbeat.

More of that sort of atmosphere and a little less stress, Crosby said, might help the Penguins bridge the gap between success in the regular season and bowing to pressure in the playoffs. …

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