Crosby’s contract is idiotic

- June 29th, 2012

When will NHL teams learn?

On Thursday, not one, but two extremely long contracts were reportedly signed involving a couple of stars. Kings playoff hero Jonathan Quick signed a reported 10-year extension and Sidney Crosby signed a massive $104.4-million, 12-year deal.

More on Quick later – let’s get on this idiotic Crosby deal.

First things first: He’s the best player in hockey right now*

*-When he’s healthy.

While that asterisk is only normal size on your screen, it should be a massive one in your mind. Crosby has only played 28 games in the past 18 months thanks to concussion issues. You know, the same issues that ended the career of a very promising superstar named Eric Lindros early.

This might be the riskiest deal in NHL history. You have a guy that has suffered multiple concussion and plays a game where he is being hit constantly. There is no guarantee that he can make through a game still standing, let alone a season, let alone 12 of them.

It’s very easy to imagine Crosby missing nearly an entire season and clogging up $8.7-million worth of the Penguins’ salary cap. Why is it easy? Because it just happened last season but at a lower cost.

The nature of concussions is that once you’ve suffered one, you’re more susceptible in the future. That should be scary news to the Penguins and their fans, but it’s not news. We’ve known this for a while now.

This isn’t like he’s coming back from knee or shoulder surgery; this is his brain we’re talking about. We’ve seen what concussions have done to former NFL players and the last thing we want to see is another story of massive depression, dementia and even suicide.

Of course, should he stay healthy and continue to score nearly a point and a half per game. Then Pittsburgh look like geniuses. Sadly, I think this story doesn’t have the happiest of endings, especially towards the end of this contact.

Oh, did I mention that this deal runs until 2025! Who even knows if hockey will exist then? We don’t even know if there will be a season starting this October. 2025? By then the robot uprising could be in full swing with Skynet hunting down the remainder of the human race.

As for Quick, well, we have two names that the Kings probably don’t want to hear: Roberto Luongo and Rick Dipietro. Both signed incredibly long deals and both aren’t even starting on their teams any more. Of course the Dipietro contract was always an idiotic move, but with Luongo it was a slow, steady decline. He’s now out of favour in Vancouver and on the trading block. Good luck dealing a guy who has six seasons left on his contract at a big cap hit and getting fair value.

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6 comments

  1. Clare Cooney says:

    Before commenting on how ridiculous the 12 year contract that Sidney Crosby signed, Maybe the writer of the column may wish to find out if Sid cannot play. Does the players insurance not take over & will end up offering Sid a huge payout settlement with alot of the settlement based on the contract which is in place at the time?

    I would think this is a serious contract that if Sidney remains healthy Pittsburgh wins & Sidney wins. If he cannot complete the 12 years due to injury I think the Insurance Company is on the hook & not the Pittsburgh Hockey Team.
    In my opinion the contract was offered to protect Sydney who has turned the Pittsburgh Hockey Team into a very profitable hockey team. He deserves every penny of the contract.
    Wishing Good Health to a great hockey player.
    C. Cooney

  2. Randy says:

    youre a idiot

  3. a. disanto says:

    Mr. Biliki: Just so you know…it’s Rick DiPietro. Not Mike Dipietro.

  4. Trevor Maddock says:

    In response to C. Cooney – from what I’ve read, the Crosby contract is not fully insurable. Not even close. Which is not a surprise given his recent concussion history. Look, when healthy, Sid is the best player on the planet (although he’s old enough to tone down the whining and the cheap shots – but whatever). But given how much time he’s missed – and the fact that once you’ve had a concussion or two – you ARE more susceptible in the future – and the contract IS a risk for a franchise that declared bankruptcy twice in the last 15 years. Penguin fans are great as long as their team is in first place. Otherwise, they leave. And that’s a fact.

    Bad contract.

  5. dan.bilicki says:

    Insured or uninsured, the contract would still count against the salary cap unless he officially retires.

    And thanks a. disanto, that mistake has been corrected.

  6. Bill Guzina says:

    What’s the alternative? You can’t let Crosby go to unrestricted free agency because some team would be more than willing to sign him for more than this contract is worth. There’s risk whenever you sign any player to this type of deal, but sometimes you just have to roll the dice. Crosby is one of the few guys worth the risk. Good signing by Pittsburgh.

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