By Allan Muir
Sidney Crosby may be the best player in hockey, but he's not the first player Wayne Gretzky would choose for a linemate.
Interviewed today on The Dan Patrick Show, the Great One was asked which team he'd want to play for in today's NHL. Gretzky said that he loves the way Darryl Sutter coaches the Kings. "I think he's really one of the best coaches in hockey," he said. "It's really enjoyable to watch his teams.
"But maybe the Hawks. I'd like to get Patrick Kane the puck. He's a pretty good player."
He also had some kind words for Chicago's captain, Jonathan Toews.
"I think Crosby is the best player in the game, I don't think it's even a question," Gretzky said. "Now if you're Chicago and you've got Toews, I don't think there's anybody in the league they'd trade him for, except maybe Crosby. He's a pretty good 1B."
Gretzky says that we could be on the verge of recognizing the Blackhawks, who play L.A. on Wednesday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, as a dynasty. "It's harder to be a dynasty with the salary cap system," he said. "Your homework and your scouting has to be flawless and they seem to have done a very good job of that."