PITTSBURGH -- On a team loaded with potential future Hall of Fame members and past NHL MVPs, scoring champions and goals leaders, there's one player, above all, whom many Pittsburgh Penguins forwards openly campaign to have as a linemate.
A player with whom Sidney Crosby said he has the "most comfort."
One coach Dan Bylsma said "is a perfect complement to a lot of different guys."
Said James Neal, "Everyone loves playing with him."
The most sought-after linemate on the Penguins? Chris Kunitz.
"He's great to play with," Pascal Dupuis said. "He's the complete player."
One player has been on the NHL's most productive line each of the past two seasons. Yes, he plays for the Penguins; no, it's not former Hart Trophy winners Malkin or Crosby. Not goal-every-other-game man Neal, either.