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Could insurance issues hinder Crosby contract negotiations?

Jun 11, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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Of the many variables in the Sidney Crosby contract negotiations with the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the big ones could be insurance. Specifically, what if the contract can’t be insured due to his concussion history?

The CBC’s Elliott Friedman investigated the potential snag:

Talking to five NHL executives, I asked each one the same question: “If you said to your owner, ‘I’ve completed a 10-year, $90-million deal with Sidney Crosby, but we can’t insure it,’ what would he say?”

All of them thought about it for a couple of seconds and then said some variation of, “He’d do it.” Although, the assistant added: “I’d like to see you ask an owner this question.” I’m working on it.

“He’s [Crosby],” said one GM. “You know, it’s a risk, but it’s a risk you take. I’m sure his injuries are a sensitive subject, but the Penguins have the medical reports. They know him better than anyone else.”

Noted a second GM: “If you don’t do it, someone else is going to.”

Added a third GM: “If you sign him to this deal and he gets hurt in two years, you’re going to look stupid. But if you don’t, he plays the next 10 years like he can and goes down as one of the best ever, you’re going to look even more stupid.”

Whether Pittsburgh ownership insists Crosby accepts a lower salary in return for the risk is another question.

Regardless, it’s hard to imagine money getting in the way of a deal between Crosby and the Penguins. There’s no indication he’s unhappy in Pittsburgh, and he’s already pretty rich.

Related: Would you still sign Sidney Crosby if he couldn’t be insured?

  1. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 11, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Dear Pittsburgh Penguin fans and owner,

    Look at Joe Mauer.


    All Minnesota Twins fans

    • crosberries - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Dear Minnesota twins fans,
      No one cares about joe mauer.
      Thanks, a pens fan.

    • miketoasty - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      So that everyone doesn’t think that all Pens fans are as stupid as crosberries, I actually read up on Joe Mauer. It actually reminded me a lot of Crosby, and I hope Crosby has a similar career.

      • crosberries - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:24 PM

        Baseball and hockey are two very similar sports in terms of physicality not to mention how hard baseball players train as you watch them huff and puff 90 ft down to first.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:11 PM

        Your right that baseball and hockey players both train hard. The point that your missing is that both Twins fans would have burned brand new Target Field down to the ground had the Twins not resigned him. They gave him a huge long term contract, that he, some would argue he hasn’t lived up to.

        Penguin fans (like you) will bun brand new Consol Energy Center to the ground if they let Crosby leave. Like Mauer he has been and always will be an injury risk. So like the Twins, the Penguins are going to have to give Crosby a huge long term contract.

        Will he underachieve, that is the multi million dollar question.

      • crosberries - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        It was sarcasm that baseball players train hard. They have it so easy compared to other sports. That’s why they can play games day after day after day. I root for the logo on the front of the jersey not the name on the back. I have faith the lemieux and co will do what’s best for the organization.

  2. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    1975,1998, 20?? You guess what year the 3rd bankruptcy will happen !

    • miketoasty - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:18 PM

      I would say that it will probably happen when Philly wins a cup but both of those seem way too far off to speculate about.

    • hockeyfan1701 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:25 PM


      • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:28 PM

        1975,1998, 20??

      • miketoasty - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        …. Their next cup is what I meant to say.

  3. broadstbully33 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    sign him and ruin pity again send them to bankruptcy and philly can beat them over and over for ten more years what a sad franchise pity is

    • miketoasty - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      I can’t even read what you just said. Such a pity.

  4. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Probably when Crosby adds 2 more cups to his collection and Giroux is still without One.

    • wicky888 - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      This is a discussion for real hockey teams / fans, Leave yourself and the Sharks out of it

  5. govtminion - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I love when Penguins and Flyers articles get posted here. The two fan bases throw themselves at each other so pointlessly. Like watching two gerbils fight in a cage.

  6. gscheelar - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Realistically, Sid should take lower guaranteed money with reachable incentives based on games played.That would be fair to the Pens and give him motivation to get & stay healthy. Sure a blindside hit again would change that equation for him though…

  7. 1010gary - Jun 11, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The hold up is, after 2nd season payments need to be
    fowarded to la boca vista retirement home.

  8. stakex - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    The fact remains Crosby might be one hit away from never playing hockey again… or at least never being himself again. I don’t care if its Gretzky were talking about, that should give any team pause when signing the guy, especially if the contract is not insured. I mean the Pens could end up losing $90 million for absolutely nothing. Thats one hell of a gamble, even if it is Crosby.

    If Crosby really cared about the team, he would be willing to take a high paying short term deal for two or three years. He would still be in his prime when its over, and should he avoid injury and prove he hasn’t lost anything, he could sign a mega deal at that point. Of course he won’t do that because he knows damn well one bad hit could end his career, and he wants to secure that huge pay day. I guess I can’t blame him at all, but don’t try to tell me Crosby has the Pens interest in mind…. because he doesn’t.

    • govtminion - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Thing is though, any NHL players is one hit from never playing again. Knock on wood, but one good solid hit and any of the players taking the ice for Game 6 tonight could end their career in this game, concussion history or not. It’s just the nature of the game, like it or not. Do we make life harder on players who have had a couple of concussions then? Because that’s not going to make it easier to get players to admit to having concussion symptoms if it means they could lose millions of dollars by admitting to some headaches.

    • rtrmusic - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      If he wanted that payday, why the hell is he asking for 9 mill?!?!??! He’s a team player and that’s a discount when he can be asking for MAX….

    • hawksandsawx - Jun 12, 2012 at 4:18 AM

      If Crosby really cared about his family and providing for them for generations he’d get the most guaranteed money possible. I get the obsession with winning and the greats all have it, but no great player in any sport ever has taken a pay cut. This is a free trade country and sport, he’s going to get as much money as he can, and it has nothing to do with whether he cares about the team

  9. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 11, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    The Pens will sign him to a 7 to 10 year contract and the insurance issues will be resolved.

  10. sjsharks66 - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Lol he’s getting the 10 year 90 mil despite any injuries he might get. Mario loves Crosby and would do anything to resign this guy. Is that such a bad thing?
    If the pens let him go, every other team in the league (including the flyers) would throw the same deal at him.

  11. vasteelerfan - Jun 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    1975 and counting. Philly is not relevant?

  12. ballsohardu - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    No dont sign him. Hes too delicate

  13. joewilliesshnoz - Jun 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    If the Pens can’t make millions off of marketing Sid, shame on them .

  14. steelpenguin71 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    Na, just trade our two best players away and then watch them win The Cup…..

    Oh that was dirtydelphia, the team that had the greatest player in the world for two weeks. Failed since 1975, win something besides a series before you talk so much trash, ya jagoffs

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