You cannot underestimate role players.

The guys who make a significant contribution to a line or a hockey club, but don't get much praise on the stat sheet.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have an enormous amount of talent they can spread around their team, but the guy they chose to play right wing on Sidney Crosby’s line has been Pascal Dupuis for four-plus seasons -- a rugged, second-tier winger who can get you 25 goals and is also a top penalty killer.

And now Dupuis is likely gone for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.

Keeping Crosby happy, keeping the Pens' top line going, and keeping No. 87 atop the NHL scoring leaders is paramount to general manager Ray Shero.

So don’t be surprise if he makes a run for Max Talbot.

Sure, Talbot has already been traded once but the fact remains, Talbot is not a very good fit on the ice with Colorado and would be a perfect fit in Pittsburgh.

And let’s not forget, Sid and Max are best buds, too.