Around the NHL Part 5: FA Days of...Waiting on Parise/Suter
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07-01-2012, 09:43 AM
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Crosby, 24, has missed all but 63 games the past two seasons because of concussion symptoms. He and the Penguins agreed to a 12-year contract worth $104.4 million — all of it guaranteed. The team will present the contract to the league Sunday for approval.
Insurance companies offer teams protection against career-ending injuries, but Crosby’s concussion history is considered a pre-existing condition. If Crosby cannot finish his contract because of a concussion-related injury, he will still be paid in full, but the Penguins would not receive assistance from an insurance policy on the deal, sources said.
That doesn't surprise me at all.
But, it was a gamble the Pens had to take. Can you imagine the backlash if they let Sid walk as a UFA and he stays healthy?
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