It was reported today on several local Pittsburgh Based talk shows, including 93.7 The fan that Sidney Crosby is asking for $9 million a season for 14 years. Although his agent denies the info, it does open some eyes and shows what he is willing to do to get a contract done.
The Pittsburgh Penguins can not do anything until the July 1st deadline, but if Sid is willing to take a deal like this it may be worth it. It is a long time to lock up a player that has issues with concussions, but he very well could be beyond that point. If you are the Penguins, the $9 million is not much more than they are already paying him. Actually it is less than a million a season less per season. If they can get the contract insured, then I think this is easy deal to make. If they can’t, maybe not so much.
They are currently paying the Big 3 about $21 million, and if they could get both Malkin and Crosby for $18 million that would be a huge coup for the Pens. And Rumor has it that Staal is looking for about 3/4 of what Crosby is asking. That makes the Big 3 affordable at $24 million and only 3 million more then they are currently paying out.
Although they have time with all 3 players, the sooner the Pens tackle this issue the better. Maybe the Penguins want to wait a bit with Sid to see how he is Medically. That is not a bad plan in theory, but he is partly the reason that new hockey arena is sitting there. That is no real reason to reward him with a contract, but he is very important to the franchise and the NHL. He could ask for $12 million a season, but he isn’t. Yes, the years he is reportedly looking for is a great deal to swallow, but the money is not. At least not for that caliber of player.