Personally I find this dubious, as much of a joke the WHA is... surely their entry draft meant something?
If teams don't even have the rights to the players they drafted anymore then the WHA has degraded further then I suspected.
That's hardly the case. He'll be a 17 year old kid making over 2M a year, more than almost everyone else playing in the league. He'll certainly have a nice big target on his back if he would accept (not that I believe teh WHA will get off the ground anyway).
I don't think he would have a target on his back just because he makes a lot of money. He'd still be a boy playing in a men's league.
$2.5 mil for a 17 year old, I think this may be hard for Crosby to turn down. The way I would look at it, Crosby is going to be paid under a new NHL CBA, one that is almost certainly going to be a negative one for first year players, so it is highly doubtful he'd make even close to $2.5 mil per in any of his first 3 seasons anyway. So, if he felt that the WHA could be a good league to perfect his skills, later to go on to the NHL at the age of 20, still very young, then this could be a very good situation for Crosby to be in. Worst case scenario, or I guess best case scenario, the WHA falters and doesn't even make it through one year. Crosby gets paid at least $2 mil, and can enter the NHL at the age of 18. If I was Crosby, I'd take this deal and run, or possibly ask for even more money!
Guaranteed $2 million. Who wouldn't take that deal? If they put the $2 million in his bank account as soon as he signs the deal, he's set for life. Who wouldn't?????
If this is true, the NHLPA should tell him to jump at it. It gives them a better starting point on entry level salaries and forces the owners to realize there is another North American option out there with real cash behind it....... Maybe the owners will soften their stance a little and work out a deal with a luxury tax or higher cap just so the WHA can't gain much more momemtum.......