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Report: Crosby won’t jump to Europe in near future

Sep 18, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Evegeni Malkin AP

It will take a lengthy lockout for Sidney Crosby to play hockey overseas, Darren Dreger reports.

There’s “literally zero chance” he’ll go in the next couple months, according to Dreger. The odds would reportedly increase substantially if the work stoppage extends to November/December, though.

One big issue Dreger points out is insurance coverage.

That was a significant question before he signed his whopping contract extension during the 2011-12 season and Dreger indicates that Crosby would need to accept less coverage if he decides to make the jump.

Then again, Crosby skated in just 22 regular season and six playoff contests last season, so getting more reps – and merely playing hockey – might be enough to inspire a brief KHL jaunt.

Either way, Dreger’s report indicates that you’ll need to wait if you were hoping for a KHL clash between Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

  1. nolockoutpricks - Sep 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    one hit and hes concussed. giant contract that he just signed done. i wonder why hes not jumping ship

  2. murtdurt - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    I wonder why your still in your moms basement and she never let you play hockey…ever. Oh wait no I don’t go back to Philly troll

  3. stakex - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Well theres probably a lot behind this:

    1. It would almost certainly be very expensive to insure his NHL contract. Don’t forget, players hurt while playing in Europe/KHL during the lockout can be suspended without pay from their teams once the lockout ends if they are not healthy. Thus players will buy insurence against their NHL deal so they still get paid, but its not cheap. Even for a healthy player with no injury history its quite expensive to insure a contract… now imagine a player with a HUGE contract and a very troubled history of concussions. It might actually be hard for Crosby to even get insurence on his NHL deal if he goes to the KHL, and at the very least it will come at a big price.

    2. Crosby might be a little concerned playing in the KHL, especially with his concussion issues. Lets be honest here…. Crosby is protected like there is no tomorrow in the NHL. You get near him, its a penelty. He would have no such protection in the NHL, and its quite possible things would work the other way around. Afterall, what incentive does the KHL have to protect one of the biggest stars from the NHL? Absolutely none.

    Not to mention its not hard to see players in the KHL taking a run at Crosby, including current NHL players. Again time to be honest…. Crosby isn’t very well liked among other players. I’m not sure how much punishment the NHL could hand out for cheap shots thrown in the KHL, if any at all, but it would not shock me to see Crosby be head hunted playing in a league thats not very protective of him.

    3. Aside from someone taking a run at Crosby, there is simply the injury question. His job is in the NHL, and if he gets hurt playing there… so be it. However does Crosby really want to head to the KHL and end up getting hurt playing over there? I’m going to bet no.


    • claysbar - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:40 PM

      Also add in the fact that the KHL doesn’t exactly stand out in the dependability department when it comes to medical care and promptness of such.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 18, 2012 at 9:58 PM

      Having a comment longer than the article itself has to be a violation of some sort.

  4. ducksk - Sep 18, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Amen brother.

  5. blomfeld - Sep 19, 2012 at 12:41 AM


    It’s pure “idiocy” to contemplate whether or not Crosby plays in the KHL, as such an adventure would make about as much sense as OJ starting up a “marriage reconciliation” service ! The bottom line is that unlike you or me, Crosby and his handlers know “exactly” when the 2012-2013 season will commence (ie: US Thanksgiving Day weekend). We must never forget that “they’re the shepherds and we’re the sheep”. It’s always worked that way and it always will. At any rate, had he gone it sure would have been funny to hear about the fool getting roughed up by some “unknowing” Russian security detail ! :)

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