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Stanley Cup Final

Legends speak and Crosby rules

Thursday, 02.10.2011 / 6:17 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / Gretzky in Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The Hall of Famers have spoken and they believe that Sidney Crosby is by far and away the best player in the world right now even though he isn't playing due to a concussion.

Wayne Gretzky referred to Crosby as the League's "best player" and Brett Hull told NHL.com that it's not even close.

"As an overall player there is no question," Hull said. "Last year I would have said Ovechkin a little bit over Sid because I'm a goal scorers' guy, but Sid just picked it up and said, 'I'm going to do it all.' His ability to lead, his skating is so phenomenal and his playmaking -- there is no question that Sid is the guy."

Bernie Nicholls, who had 1,209 points over 18 NHL seasons, compared Crosby to Wayne Gretzky.

"He's the next Gretzky," Nicholls told NHL.com. "To me, Gretz was amazing, but to see the way Sid handles himself, how good he is for the game, he's just a tremendous talent and he is fun to watch. I don't even think it's close. He's won a Stanley cup, won a gold medal -- he's the man. He's head and shoulders above them all. Sid is just a winner."

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For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory