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Crosby isn’t quite ready to head to Europe

Oct 4, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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We’ve lost the preseason and now the first two weeks of the regular season schedule. Consequently, there’s been a steady stream of locked-out players heading to Europe, but so far Sidney Crosby hasn’t been one of them.

“We are entertaining conversations with teams and leagues overseas,” Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson said, according to Shelly Anderson. “If the lockout persist the conversations might become more serious, but nothing at the moment.”

Part of the reason Crosby might be hesitant is because insuring him after he inked a 12-year, $104.4 million extension in June could reportedly cost up to $400,000 per month. Even then, Brisson previously stated that amount would only cover part of his contract.

Crosby has played in just 63 regular season games and six playoff contests over the last two seasons because of concussion problems.

  1. rushledger - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Crosby mention? Time for the trolls to go to work momentarily..

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    I think at this point the trolls won’t be commenting. No matter Philly or Pittsburgh, Canucks or Chicago, habs or bruins we all just want the lockout over.

  3. ducksk - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Sid could run the NHL. He’s smart. Who would choose to loose money to skate besides a kids parents? When you have 10 million a year on the table you can afford to wait it out. As for the other defectors to ruskie and Europe I hope they stay there. There is a new crop of superstars, mostly uneducated like them waiting to play in the NHL for a lot less $.

  4. xjokerz - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    considering he is one hit away from being KO’d … i suggest he takes the rest….

    • miketoasty - Oct 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Oh, you mean like anyone else who plays the game of hockey?

      • xjokerz - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

        dont be stupid….

  5. isithockeyseasonyet - Oct 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    I hate Crosby but all I want is to go back to hating Crosby and forget count chocula is the commissioner

    • capsrockva - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      I couldn’t agree more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. ducksk - Oct 4, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Amen hockey brotherhood.

  7. jimw81 - Oct 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    i think should he bolt now, it would give players the upper hand and it would be a rude awaking for owners.

  8. blomfeld - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:54 AM


    Don’t kid yourselves, the “money” behind Crosby wouldn’t let him go over there in a million years ! Regardless of whether you agree or not, the simple fact is that Sidney Crosby is the NHL’s “incarnate” present and future … no two ways about it. If Ovechkin drinks radioactive tap-water in a KHL hotel room, or if Kovalchuk gets run down by a tram car in Vienna, then “c’est la vie” as far as the “money” is concerned. Crosby on the other hand is “untouchable” and therefore there’s “zero” chance of him going anywhere … not today, not tomorrow.

  9. illadelphiasphinest - Oct 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Key word in that title is “head.” No crap he won’t go. He doesn’t have the protection from the refs in any other league besides the NHL.

  10. kitshky - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I get that it would be an unforgettable experience for a young man to go over and play in Europe, or anywhere else really, while they have a chance … but I’d love to see as big a name as Sid stay unified and wait it out.

    (Side point, being an Insurance & Investment broker for going on 10 years now … the thought of a deal with a $400K monthly premium kinda makes my pants hurt.)

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