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Simmons: You can take Crosby, I'll take Toews - and win

Team Canada's Jonathan Toews (left) and Sidney Crosby celebrate with their Olympic gold medals....

Team Canada's Jonathan Toews (left) and Sidney Crosby celebrate with their Olympic gold medals. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 PM ET

One player to choose to start a franchise? You can have Sidney Crosby.

I’m taking Jonathan Toews.

I’m taking the 25-year-old who already has two Stanley Cup rings and two Olympic gold medals, a player who intrinsically seems to comprehend what it takes to win and with a willingness to do whatever it means to get there.

For the second Olympic Games in succession, Toews was Canada’s best forward: His line with Jeff Carter and Patrick Marleau, was Team Canada’s strongest line throughout the Olympic hockey tournament.

He’s not fancy like his teammate, Patrick Kane, or as offensively gifted or driven as Crosby, or with a rocket shot like Steven Stamkos, or even with Phil Kessel’s speed: He is just complete. As absolute and certain as there is in today’s world of hockey.

Time was Crosby stood alone as the Canadian face of hockey. He still does, points-wise. But in my mind, there is now a 1 and 1a in Canadian hockey, to use the Randy Carlyle terminology. You c


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