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Shero on Crosby: “We believe Sidney’s best days are ahead of him”

Jun 28, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

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In the span of a week, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero waved goodbye to Jordan Staal and essentially made Sidney Crosby a “Penguin forever” (to use Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson’s words). Shero recently completed a conference call to discuss Crosby’s pending lifetime contract, and to little surprise, he had some very positive things to say to media members such as Josh Yohe.

“We believe Sidney’s best days are ahead of him,” Shero said.

Shero didn’t discuss any specifics about the contract’s insurance policies, however, which is certainly relevant considering Crosby’s concussion history. Seth Rorabaugh has a full transcript of what Shero and Brisson said, including these optimistic details about Sid’s health.

“He’s been training in Los Angeles,” Brisson said. “He’s feeling great. He’s been training hard and feeling really well compared to last summer. It’s been night and day. It’s been very encouraging.”

One remarkable thing about Crosby’s new deal is that it will carry an identical cap hit ($8.7 million) as his current deal. While that’s still a ton of cash – even with a $70.2 million ceiling – both Shero and Brisson praised Crosby for being conscious of the team’s ability to build around him when considering is contract.

 “As I’ve said, he’s never been reluctant to help the team,” Shero said. “I appreciate that and ownership appreciates that. It’s very beneficial and it says a lot about Crosby.”

Shero didn’t really elaborate on how much having Crosby signed long-term and Evgeni Malkin locked up for at least two more years could help the team chase free agents. All he said was “we’re in a different spot than we were a week ago,” but there should be little doubt that potential additions such as Zach Parise will enjoy the thought of playing with one of the two superstars.

Mario Lemieux said it’s “a great day for hockey,” yet it’s an especially great one for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  1. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    all hail soup can army

  2. lordfletcher - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Shero

    “We hope Crosby’s best days are ahead of him”

    You know they are praying he doesn’t get ANOTHER concussion this year, or anytime soon. Otherwise that contract will eat away at the Pens cap… This is not a knock on Shero or Crosby, just the truth. Shero had to be crossing his fingers while Crosby signed the contract. Best player in the world is only worth every penny when he is skating on the ice, not watching from the press box

    • atb4 - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      Correct me if I’m wrong, but if Crosby were hurt again, they always have the option of putting him on LTIR and his salary comes off the cap.

      Obviously it’s a risk for the organization who still would have to pay him several million dollars if something terrible happened, but it’s a risk that’s well worth it.

      • lordfletcher - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        all depends on the injury and when in the season it happened I guess. You would want to take every chance at having him for the playoffs.

        This was a move they had to make and I agree it’s a great signing, except for the length (IMO) … Don’t get why this deal needed to be 100 millions. Who cares. Sign him for another 6 years and see what happens then. It’s not like you’ll have to pay him MORE money in the next contract, his cap hit would be the same.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

      If he is on the ice or not they make money off jersey sales and season ticket packages as long as he doesn’t retire and each season brings the hope that he plays and the Pens are contenders.

      What do they do? Not sign him? Play hardball with him?
      8.7 is a very reasonable number I think it was an easy contract for the Pens to offer, I basically have zero doubt that every GM and owner would offer the same deal to him if given the chance to have him.

      In the end, yes, he may miss many many games over the life of the contract, but having him makes the Pens a lot of money, if he’s on the ice or not.

  3. vokounviolatesvirginvag - Jun 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    haha all you haters with this concussion bolonga. listen.. soup can sid came back after his last one and had the most points per game like the best player in the universe should. id pay him 100 trillion dollars to play 5 games a year. city of champs forever boys. suck it

    • lordfletcher - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      I wouldn’t pay you $1 to mow my lawn. Somehow I feel as if you would fall on your helmet and run over your toes.

      stay seated children

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM

        lmao XD

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      The contract isn’t full insurable so if Cindy starts feeling dizzy while working out on Monday the Pens are put in a major financial bind, maybe the organization will start collecting pop cans to return in that case? You can call him Pop Can Cindy and the aluminum army….it’s way better than your ridiculous Soup can moniker. Btw how many accounts did you create? Someone with more than one account certainly is a vag, probably a virgin too…your name now makes sense!

  4. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Concussion bologna? Didn’t he miss like a year with concussion symptoms? Havent concussions ended more than a few NHL careers early. He is one bad hit away from missing couple years. That’s a fact

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:52 PM

      Pat Lafontaine, Paul Kariya, Keith Primeau, Eric Lindros, Pittsburgh fans are in denial if they think concussions can’t derail the careers of superstars. I hope one day we get to the point where concussions are either understood and treatable or eliminated entirely but right now they’re neither and this is a risky contract to give out to a guy who’s played 69 games (playoffs included) in the last 2 seasons.

      • kitshky - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:21 PM

        Ya guys seem to be forgetting that the second injury was misdiagnosed as a concussion and was actually a neck injury, so despite the chatter to the contrary, Crosby does not have a history of concussions like the players you have listed up there.

        As well every player is “one hit away” from retirement, they play a violent sport for a living and every team signs contracts with that knowledge. If Crosby (or any other player) gets injured and has to retire the cap hit disappears from the books. As far as the actual dollar being paid out, as Mario said, that team wouldn’t even be there without Crosby so he’s worth whatever they want to pay him…even if it’s to sit in the office.

        (Classy move with the salary cap hit too …)

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        Scott Stevens retired bro
        So what do you suggest? The Pens play games with him? Not sign him? Trade him? Offer a 2 year deal and risk watching the face of the franchise head to Montreal?

        From a business point of view 105 million over 12 years….how much money does having Crosby bring in over that period, what % of that 100 million is paying for itself?

        Again, I doubt any owner in this league would not jump at the opportunity to take Crosby for 105 million, he is so marketable it’s a no brainer.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

        I don’t disagree with you about another GM paying Crosby, somebody would have, but I think this contract is dangerous, frankly I’m against all of these contracts over 6-7 years, they’re just too far into the future to know what’s going to happen. How many of these long term contracts are going to turn out well? I would have paid Crosby a little more to get less years, I’m not a Crosby fan, but I do respect his skill and admit he deserves to get paid, as a general rule though I will never think that any 10+ year contract is a good deal no matter who signs it.

        It is a violent sport and players get hurt, which is why they insure the contracts, contracts can’t be insured for more than 7 years, so the Penguins (and every team that hands out these deals) are taking a huge risk, financially they’ll have to pay if the player does get hurt.

        As to the point of him walking off to Montreal, well if you treat him well and put good players around him then he’ll be inclined to resign and stay in 6 years, if you don’t treat him well and don’t put good players around him then he could demand a trade and that could happen whether he has a 2 year contract or a 12 year contract, make a player feel welcome and they’ll stay.

  5. ispeakpittsburghese - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I have heard extremely positive things from Crosby’s camp about his head and how hard he can work without even so much as worrying about it. Shero wouldn’t have made this deal if he didn’t have the fullest confidence in Crosby’s health.

  6. phillyphan83 - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    you idiots dont know anything about the business side of hockey. his concussions don’t matter at all. no contract over 7 years can be guaranteed so they can get out of it if need be.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:51 AM

      No contract over 7 years can be insured for years past number 7, once the contract is filed with the league though it’s fully guaranteed since EVERY NHL contract is guaranteed. You can’t get out of any contract in the NHL unless one side violates the agreement or the player retires.

      Once that contract is filed Monday and approved, the Penguins are on the hook for years 8-12 whether Crosby plays every game or he plays none as long as he doesn’t officially retire.

  7. suckitny - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    That vokounvag tool is exactly what it’s handle is. Vokouns vag!!!

  8. matto8929 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Crosby’s new deal probably makes the Penguins a legit favorite to win the Cup for the next 10 years. Flyers fans can keep crying.

    • handsofsweed - Jun 30, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Geez, man. Can’t we just worry about finding another top 6 winger and a top 5 d-man first??

  9. wingsrule12 - Jun 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    To all you Pens fans it is not a matter of if but when Cindy gets another concussion. She better watch herself everyone in the league will be looking to take her out

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