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Report: Penguins anticipate minimum seven-year deal for Crosby

Jun 4, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

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While talks of contracts and extensions these days always come with a “depending on the CBA” addendum, it was still interesting to read what Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote today about the future of Sidney Crosby and the Penguins:

The NHL’s collective bargaining agreement with the players is set to expire in September, and that uncertainty could postpone deals with Crosby and/or Staal.

Crosby’s camp is seeking a lengthy deal, one the Penguins anticipate being at least seven years in term – possibly 10 or more. Crosby has said he does not expect any problems working out a new contract to remain with the Penguins.

Under Shero the most term committed to any player was the seven-year deal with Fleury during the 2008 offseason.

Plenty to chew on here. Pretend you’re Shero for a sec:

— Given that long-term, front-loaded contracts were a huge hornet’s nest in the last CBA (see here), it stands to reason they’ll be amended this time ’round. So, would it be worth your while to sign Crosby to one before the rules change?

— What do you use as a comparable contract? One would think Alex Ovechkin‘s 13-year, $124 million deal…but I’m not sure any team, regardless of the player, would take on that kind of financial gamble.

— What if you could get that kind of contract insured? Would you do it then?

— If Crosby says he wants to be the highest-paid player in the NHL, are you going to make it happen?

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

  1. Stiller43 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Sid should get paid, but i hope he realizes his best shots at multiple stanley cups is with other high level players (malkin, staal) around him, and leaves enough on the table for them to also stay in the burgh.

    • tkovacs2 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

      Only taking what would be 8.92 million per year is leaving a huge amount on the table for Crosby.

  2. murtdurt - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Sign him. Dude deserves it. Locking him and staal will ensure the pens are a legit contender for years to come. If the new cba has the aminsty clause the money will be there for both with Martina’s contract gone

  3. dougr42 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    What amount of consideration goes to the fact that his brain is halfway to resembling scrambled eggs…

    • tkovacs2 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      Not much I’d think. He’s under 35, so his deal isn’t stuck on the books if he’s forced to retire due to his concussion issues.

      • stakex - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        While that might be true, paying a guy $12 million a year to sit home in a dark room all season isn’t something any team wants to do. Sure they can take his contract off the books if hes injured, but they still have to pay him….

    • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

      There’s no way of knowing if that will be a factor though. For every career that ends due to concussion problems like Marc Savard, there’s a guy who comes back and has a hell of a career afterwards like Patrice Bergeron. Worth the risk here- if the problems don’t rise again, you have one of the best players in the world for years to come. If they do, he retires and the money comes off the cap. Win-win for the Penguins.

      • furkmyster - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

        The biggest hurdle will be the insurance part of any contract that he signs. I would venture to guess that no insurance company will go near providing any insurance for a head injury, and then all the money he signs for has to be paid by the team. This will be a very telling contract to see how the insurance companies will be dealing with head injuries in the future. The insurance issue will also be part of the next CBA too.

      • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        That actually is a very good point, now that you mention it. Worth watching indeed.

  4. stakex - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    At this minute, it would be a huge gamble to give Crosby a massive 10 year contract that makes him the highest paid player in the NHL. A few points to support that:

    1. Crosby missed 101 games over the last two years thanks to two different concussions. As we learned from Lindros, its quite possible Crosby will have more (perhaps worse) concussions in the future… and $125 million is an awful lot of money to lay on the line for someone who might be injury prone.

    2. While Crosby still put up a ton of assists in the 22 games he played this year (thanks largely to the high powered talent he was playing with)… he only managed 8 goals in 22 games. That would put him on pace for about 30 goals in a full season. Not bad at all, but horrible considering he had 32 goals in 41 games before he was hurt in the 2011 season. Is that a sign that Crosby will not produce the same amount of goals going forward as he was two years ago? Perhaps not, but it certainly does not mean hes going to be a 50 goal scorer next year.

    3. To go with point number 2, Crosby had a shooting percentage of just .107 last year. Before that, his worst S% was .139. Is it because hes worry about being hit and thus moving to the outside more then before? If so thats going to hurt production.


    Now Crosby is a top player, and is obviously going to be paid like one. However one has to think the Pens will have a bit of pause giving him a 7-10 year contract that would make him the highest paid player in the NHL. What if hes really never the same again? What if he gets another concussion in October? Hell, what if they can’t insure the contract? Those are all possible, even if there not likely… and all of them could end up costing the Pens a ton of cash.

    • crosberries - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      At the end of contract negotiations he won’t be the highest paid player probably in the top 15-20

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

      that “high powered talent” you said he played with this year was dupuis and tyler Kennedy. Also if the pens sign Crosby to a deal like that (10 years 8.9 mill per year) then malkin will sign for the same because he said he won’t ask for any more money then Crosby. So for 18 million you have 2 of the most dynamic centers in the game and therefore almost guarenteeing 10+ more years of consecutive sellouts. Let me ask you this was lemieux contracts bad considering he had a terrible back and cancer history. Mario like Crosby bring in $ even when not playing and when he does play he’s worth every penny of 8.9 million

  5. daburghdabest - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Best player in the world WILL remain in the best city in the world! 7 year minimum? I’d give him a 20 year deal if I could, this guy is a license to print money, if he retires at 40 let him coach out last 5 years. If a soft euro turtle like Lidstrom can play as long as he did, I can see Crosby playing MVP level hockey into his 40’s.

  6. GenoPringles - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Whatever the almighty Soupcan wants he will receive. If he wants the keys to my mothers bedroom, I give them to him, and thank him after. Signing him for anything under 50 mil/year is a steal in today’s economy. Pay this man and let the Soupcan Army continue it’s dominance

    • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      If he wants keys to your mother’s bedroom, he has a whole line of Flyers fans to wait behind first.

  7. chasemutley - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    I better buy some stock in Puffs; this guy is going to use up plenty of tissues crying to the refs over the next 10 years. Bazinga!

    • crosberries - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Bazinga? Go watch some more reruns of whatever show that is nerd. I can see your sense of humor is on par with it.

  8. watermelon1 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Ovechkin’s contract was easy for the capitals because without him they have pretty much nothing.

    The penguins dont have to break the bank, they have Malkin and some other nice pieces.

  9. tonyromoisterrible - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    One more concussion and this cry baby is out of the game. I hope he gets it when Ovie knocks his head off.

    C-A-P-S!!!!! CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      You can spell caps but your team can’t win a C-U-P. Your statement about his concusion shows you have alot of growing up to do. I never wish injuries on even my most hated rivals but I guess class means nothing to you.

      • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        To be fair, if he’s like most Caps fans around this town, he also thinks the team didn’t exist prior to 2007. Not excusing his boneheaded statement, just pointing out that we’re not dealing from the top of the deck when it comes to hockey smarts here.

  10. wicky888 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    You have to keep him, but I would be careful if I were the Pens. He started as a monster in the Flyers series, but disappeared halfway through game 5, coincidentally after he and Malkin collided. He was basically invisible in game 6, then turns down playing at Worlds. I personally thought he got another concussion, or was / is suffering symptoms. One more bell ring and he could be done for good, as mentioned above, he missed 100 games with the last 2.

  11. pozone6031 - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Mr Cap you probably can’t count that high but how many cups have Ovie and your Caps won? thats right ZERO

  12. ironcity6pak - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    He will get paid and stay with pens. No worries here nor should any pens fan.

  13. biffnasty - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    The guy is great, when he plays. The problem is that if the wind blows to hard she will have another concussion.

  14. papamcgin - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I didn’t know soft serve was that expensive.

  15. broadstbully33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    2009 city of …..chumps

    • sportsfreak13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      1975 city long ago.

      • flyers22 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        i rather have last won a cup in 1975 then have my team almost move to kansas city because of the lack of fan support. Hate it or love it philly will have a cup soon with all the talent on that roster. bryz is good enough to take them to the cup if leighton can do it so can bryz

      • sportsfreak13 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

        You only say that because your not old enough to experience a championship.

  16. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    10 years at 10 million per , pay the man , Shirley . . .

  17. capsfan19 - Jun 4, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Euro baby lidstrom? Are you kidding me? Do you actually watch the dude, let alone hockey? I swear pitt fans are the most oblivious fans. Its probably from all the coal mining dust that screwed all your parents to have defective children.

    Secondly, caps have more then just ovi.

    But if i was shero, hell yeah id sign the dude. He obviously wants to be in piitsburgh. He’s a god over there and their shining star. I cant stand him but he does deserve a fat contract. He was still a force in the playoffs and end of the regular season, even if he is skating to the outside a little more.

  18. hockey93 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Two kinds of Pens fans in Pittsburgh.
    1. True fans that been there when they were losing for years.
    2. The fair whether fans that think they know hockey like saying soft euro lindstrom. Lindstrom has won four Stanley cups a gold medal in the olyimpics and a gold in the wrold championships.

    The penguins should sign Crosby , look what he has accomplished already and the penguins are finacialy stable because of him. I’d sign him to a 8 year deal and try and get Malkin to sign back in two years when his contract expires. The pens can lose Staal and still be a power house with them two long term.

    Go PENS

  19. saleensc351 - Jun 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Wow really guys Crosby a seven year deal are u out of your mind malkin deserves a long term deal as jordan
    Stal. Malkin put penguins on his back last year where would the pens be without him.crosby is injury prone to head trauma give Sid a three year deal and malkin and stal a 4 year deal at about 6 million a year that’s the right thing to do go malkin you rock dude MVP for sure and malkin should have got cover of NHL 13 that’s terrible he did not get that honor

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