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Long wait could make Crosby “think pretty hard” about going overseas

Sep 20, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

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Sidney Crosby discussed the lockout – and more specifically, his lockout plans – with 97.3 The Fan.

Here are some of his highlighted thoughts on possibly playing overseas, via Sports Radio

“I’ll wait and see. I don’t have a hard date or anything like that,” Crosby said. “I just want to get a feel for how things move along here and hopefully there are some positive talks and some movement, and a sign that things are going to get done here.”

” … And if it seems like it’s taking a little bit more time, then I’ll have to think pretty hard about maybe going to play somewhere until they figure it out.”

A team seeking Crosby’s services would likely need to “think pretty hard” about the economic impact of bringing him on, too.

For all of the benefits he’d bring from on-ice and marketing standpoints, paying as much as $400K per month to cover his monthly insurance costs alone might give many teams cold feet.

Either way, it seems likely that Crosby will take his time to make such a decision.

Click here for more excerpts from the interview and here for the full audio.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    I can’t imagine Pens’ fans being too thrilled about this proposition. You do want him to be in shape but you’d rather him healthy. If he goes to Europe, every league will be courting him harder than a 5 star SEC recruit.

  2. bleedingteal4life - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Hope Sid doesn’t forget his can opener…

  3. flyeredup202 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Not seeing how this is a smart idea….. The guy is one good hit away from being a veggie in the NBC broadcast booth…. Going overseas could be one of the worst ideas that he could have. He should take the time to stay healthy, be ready to play when it comes back. I dont get how they can do this and go over seas? They have a contract with the teams in the NHL how can they risk going over seas and getting hurt…. Thats like Being a football player and then going and playing in the AFL in the spring… blow out your knee and now your done for the team who signed you to a long term deal.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Everyone is one good hit from being in the booth. Much of Crosby’s problem was a soft tissue injury in his neck. as far as the team the signed him to the long term deal, are you talking about the team that just locked the doors? The players do not currently play for the NHL – a choice the owners made, not the players. Crosby at least is willing to wait, and see how things are coming.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Don’t think TOO hard Sid, you might hurt that fraile little head of yours.

    • handsofsweed - Sep 21, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      How hard did you hurt yours in your frail attempt to spell “frail?”

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