While I obviously never want to see a player get injured (Darcy Tucker maybe) let alone a Penguin player, Malone going down could be a blessing. Time to watch Staal play where he is supposed to be playing.
As for Malkin on the first line. I wish we had a good solid winger to put on the other side of Sid. Ekman is not exactly living up to his San Jose status. Army is quiet. Recchi is Recchi. Malone, when healthy was Malone of the first half of last season. While it's a thing of beauty to watch those two play next to each other, I would much rather see the talent spread out over two lines.
In my opinion, over the last three games I think it's evident where Letang belongs, in juniors. That's not a diss on Letang, but he's young and inexperienced. As for Noah Welch, he looked good last season when he came up but the last game he played this season in the NHL he looked horrible. Hopefully he can step it up this time around and prove to the team he can play at the NHL level.
Malkin to first line article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06297/732432-61.stm
Welch called up; Letang awaits decision article: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06297/732441-61.stm