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Crosby, Staal Post-Award Reactions

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburghpenguins.com caught up with Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal after the 2010 NHL Award show in Las Vegas. Here is what they had to say about the night.


Sidney Crosby
On talking to other players about the season:
You just congratulate the guys on their season. When you look at the case of three guys nominated, all three had great seasons. There’s not much to say. Every guy is hoping to win, but the three guys have had pretty good seasons.
On the talent at the top of the league:
Alex (Ovechkin) year after year is right there for individual awards. Henrik (Sedin) had a great season. I think everyone saw that coming with the year’s he’s been having. I don’t think that’s any surprise. Those guys had terrific seasons.
On being disappointed for Jordan Staal not winning:
It’s not something you think about. I’m sure Staalsy isn’t thinking about winning the Selke when he’s going down to block a shot. When you have that opportunity, it’s not easy, you have more of an apprecation for it. I don’t think disappointment is the right word. You’re hoping, but I don’t think you’ll change your opinion on the season because of that. For Staalsy, for myself, just to be here says a lot about the season.
On closing the book on the season:
It’s easier now that the awards are over and there’s no more hockey to watch. Chicago will enjoy having the Cup for the summer, but we’ll all be chasing it again in September. That’s the exciting part.


Jordan Staal
On being at the Awards:
Vegas is a cool city. It’s my first time here. Being up for an award like that is something really special and exciting. It wasn’t the way I wanted it to end, but there are some great players beside me. They had some great seasons.
On if he’s disappointed:
I would say I was disappointed. But in the same breath I’m excited just to be here and to be a part of it. You want to win obviously. Every player is competitive that way. I wanted to win but that’s the way it goes.
On seeing the Cup:
That didn’t feel too good. It makes you want to win it that much more. Hopefully we’ll win it next year.
On his foot:
I’m trying to stay off it as much as I can. I’ve been battling with the doctors on that. They want to let it heal, and have my toe back in full function. It’s a long process. It would have been nice to have a long summer of working out, but it doesn’t seem that way. 
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