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.
Right now, Crosby and Malkin are 3rd and 4th in the league respectively in salary according to Forbes magazine behind Vancouver Goalie Luongo and Tampa Bay Lightning Vincent Lecavalier.