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Report: Crosby’s agent talking to teams in Russia, Switzerland

Nov 27, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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It appears Sidney Crosby is closer to playing overseas than ever.

“You know what? It’s a lot more possible right now,” Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. “I probably hadn’t thought about it quite as much as I have the past few days.

“It’s definitely been something — with the way things are looking now [with CBA talks], it’s not looking too good.”

According to the Gazette, Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, has been in discussion with teams in the KHL and Switzerland’s National League “A”.

Both have ties to No. 87 — Crosby’s running mate in Pittsburgh, Evgeni Malkin, currently plays for KHL Metallurg while former Penguins Jason Williams and Richard Park are skating with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss League.

The biggest issue with Crosby playing in Europe is insuring the 12-year, $104.4 million extension signed with Pittsburgh at the end of June. Insurance issues be why the Pens captain has held off on jumping the pond — playing a portion of the season rather than the whole campaign would greatly reduce costs.

Here’s more, from the Gazette:

Brisson could not be reached for comment, but this fall projected that insuring Crosby’s contracts with the Penguins — before the lockout, they were scheduled to pay him $111.9 million over 13 seasons — could cost between $200,000 and $400,000, a fee that likely would be borne by the European club that lands him.

Presumably, that insurance would be pro-rated to reflect Crosby playing less than a full season.


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  1. matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    If he’s thinking about going to Europe, it’s over.

  2. kaf39 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM


  3. doubles22 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I understand how it works, and that the players are locked out and not on strike by choice. But I still hate to hear of NHL guys going overseas or to lesser leagues like the ECHL and taking the job / opportunity of a guy busting his but to make a career playing hockey at the highest level he can.

    Kudos to NHL game officials. In keeping in step with the 2004-2005 lockout, NHL game officials have not taken game assignments (see opportunities) from any other officials for any other leagues at any level of hockey. Well done, gents.

    • matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      Are they attempting to gain some kind of leverage with the owners by saying “You don’t need us? Fine, we don’t need you, either”? Not all of them can play in Europe.

      • id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        They did the same thing in 04-05. How many of the superstars stayed in Europe for 05-06? Grant it. there were 240 players that did not play another game in the NHL after the lockout, and this had nothing to do with “We don’t need you either, Mr. Owner”. Truth is no other hockey league as the elite players, and cash like the NHL does. Now, if some super rich group of investors want to risk losing money they can start a new professional hockey league. Hmmm! Do I want to coach or be a GM? That is the question.

    • kellyb9 - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      Are NHL officials allowed to take other assignments? I’m not sure what the status of their union is, but going over to Europe or elsewhere may not be an option.

      • doubles22 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

        It is my understanding that NHL officials are eligible, but have vowed not to take away any opportunities from other officials as a result of the lockout. This is a choice they made during the previous lockout as well. Great show of integrity not to let you-know-what roll downhill and go taking the jobs / opportunities of other officials trying to make their way to the highest levels. That’s the way a “brotherhood” should work. Hats off to the hockey officiating fraternity.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      I don’t understand what is so shocking about this – they want to get paid. They’re not getting paid right now so this provides a stop-gap for them.

  4. chrisvegas - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I wouldn’t insure Crosby. One hit to the head and the insurance company could be out a 100 million. Doesn’t make sense. Maybe he is just trying to put more pressure on the owners.

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      That’s just a stupid comment, plenty of players in all sports get concussions, he is fine and has been cleared to play. Know anything about hockey?

  5. stakex - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    This sounds more like a bluff then anything else.

    I can’t honestly see Crosby playing overseas, in a league where he will recieve no special protection becaue of his name. You better believe there are a ton of guys, especially some NHL players, who would LOVE to take a run at Crosby, and playing against him in a non-NHL league will give them that chance.

    Given his concussion history, I don’t see him taking the risk.

    • daburghdabest - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      But why would the league trying to bring him & his name to their association would just declare open season on him the second he skated on the ice for them? It would be a wonderful sales pitch to future NHL talent they hope to lure away. “Remember how we brought in Sidney Crosby & used him as a pinata? You can clearly see our professionalism makes us your choice destination.”

      • stakex - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

        I’m not syaing the league would declare open season on the guy. Just that they wouldn’t go above and beyond to protect him like the NHL does. I mean come on, you can’t get near Crosby in the NHL without getting a penelty, and anyone who hits him even a bit high is likely to miss a lot of games.

        Thats not going to be the case when he plays overseas. Not because the league wants him to get hurt or anything… but because hes not a meal ticket to overseas leagues like he is to the NHL.

  6. capone888 - Nov 27, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Oh no. This lockout just got serious.

  7. kodyknight2821 - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    As a Pens fan I’m not sure how I feel about this..

  8. jaybertx - Nov 27, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Not a Pens fan. Not a Crosby fan. But this is a bad idea.

    The guy was just out for over a year because of a concussion. Not saying he’d be concussed again but he’d be exposing himself to it. For what? The work? The guy was out forever, barely skated and came back like gangbusters as soon as he laced back up.

    Don’t do it kid.

  9. toosano - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    How’s his head, anyway?

  10. voltron217 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    He’s a scumbag just like the rest of the star players still claiming this is the owners fault. Employees should never dictate how much a share of revenue they get from a company. I hope he gets hurt and never plays again.

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Idiot, complete jealousy, guess you like the dirty teams like the Cryers or the winless Capitals.
      Crosby is the best and will probably end up being the best in history, get over it crybaby.

  11. voltron217 - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    He’s a scumbag anyway. Selfish crybaby !

  12. acieu - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:50 PM

    Concussed on two continents a new Sidney Crosby record!

  13. georgenhofer - Nov 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Whichever league hits him in the head the hardest works for me.

    • id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:57 PM

      How classless can you get?

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      Jealousy, jealousy, how old are you? 12?

  14. smgraff4 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    If he signs for CSKA (Moscow), Capitals fans have officially taken sides in the CSKA-Dynamo rivalry.

  15. bobc74 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Good Riddance! Can’t believe the gall of the players that are more than willing to turn their back on the fans that support them! Ask any young hockey player what his ultimate goal is, and he’ll tell you it’s to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Well, folks, the Stanley Cup is the Championship trophy awarded to the NHL Champion. Not the KHL or National League “A” Champion. Hopefully when the NHL does resume, these crybabies stay overseas and give up their roster spots to the players currently playing the AHL and ECHL. Because those players have earned those spots with their clubs versus the crybabies that flew the coup when the going got tough. Signed- A Pens fan since the mid 1980’s.

  16. stew48 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Many of the allged humans commenting here are much worse than the worst of PFT. Sick does not describe the idiocy.

  17. stew48 - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    ok, I left out an “e”. big deal

  18. sportsfan69 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:14 PM


    He’ll go play in Russia for a huge pay cut. Something gotta to give? Where’s common the sense? Also, is the Pittsburgh Penguins off the hook on his guaranteed mulit-year mega-million dollar contract, if he injuries himself with any type of head injury? As an attorney, I love to represent the Penguins organization if he does injury himself with any type of upper body injury. Especially since he has a well documented concussion history. His contract could possibly be voided. All you have to do is hire an neurologist who specializes in sports trauma, like the NFLPA is currently doing now.

    Common Sense??? Where is it?

  19. antkowiak666 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Crosby isn’t going anywhere….move along,nothing to see here.

  20. whatthepuck2012 - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Hope he gets hurt? Stay classy, idiot.

  21. voltron217 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    A millionaire crying for more millions and taking a guys job who is paid in the thousands is classless, you moron.

  22. crosbysthebest - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Shame people talking junk about Sid the Kid! He is the best in Hockey and will probably be the best to ever play the sport!
    I don’t see him crying, I see him wanting to do the job he loves, get over it idiots. Can’t stand a classy, sweet, good not to mention great hockey player and so dedicated to his team!
    Drafted and will retire with the Penguins. Penguins have class, they don’t have to jump team to team to win a Stanley Cup, they do it right in Pittsburgh! They need to get the 12 year olds wishing he’d get hurt off this site, they must lead miserable lives to hope someone gets hurt.

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