"He's such a good player, such a good person. There's leaders, and then there's leaders of players. He gets along with the guys good. It's not surprising. Everything he does has got class to it. I just like the way he leads the guys."
-- Ken Hitchcock on Sidney Crosby
-- St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock was offering the highest possible praise for a visiting player on Wednesday when
-- the subject of Hitchcock's monologue -- came walking by the Blues' dressing room.
Hitchcock immediately halted his speech. There was old business to conduct.
"Hey, you owe me $40!" Hitchcock said, and not seriously, as Crosby strolled by with father
"Why," Crosby said, more than suspiciously, as Hitchcock lobbied the Penguins star for some new footwear.