i'm sure that was the idea, but just because Crosby & the Pens organization did all that to try to land Parise doesn't mean it's guaranteed or that Parise owes them anything... they did that all on their own free will
while I'm sure Parise appreciates the gesture, in the end regardless of what all the teams have done to bend over backwards for the chance to get him, he'll go to where he & his family want to play/live for the next decade, not because a friend decided to take a few million less... it's still business
that being said, I think he's choosing between Pittsburgh (championships), Philly (money) or Minnesota (loyalty to hometown and potentially being "the guy" who put a franchise on his back and made them a legit contender)
real tough decision
Haha, this guy... like Philly isn't a Cup contender with Parise.
It's getting to the point of the ridiculous. It's like he wasn't aware he was about to become a free agent. Christ him/Suter aren't the 1st 2 superstars to hit free agency.
Wouldn't even say they're SUPERstars, really good players..definitely.
Reality is, if they weren't in it for the $$ they would have had their minds made up on the 1st. They want to be on contenders I think, but at the same time maximize their salary, therefore the highest bidding contender will land either player. Which, in turn, will be a cap burden on said contender to fill other holes in the roster.
I still believe that Crosby didn't take a pay raise in signing his new deal because he spoke to Parise about coming to play in Pittsburgh. After all, they are pretty close friends.
Crosby didn't take a pay raise, Shero unloaded Staal's salary in the trade, he dumped Michalek's salary in the trade.....it's almost like this was known. The smiles from Bylsma during the interview at the draft...it's almost like they were very confident they would land him.
There's no doubt that Crosby and Parise talk, and talk a lot. I'm pretty sure they've discussed him playing his wing and therefore Sid signed a contract to allow room for Parise.
Again, this is all speculation, but even if it's close to being true, I can't see Parise going somewhere else after Sid didn't even take a pay raise to allow room for him. That, and the fact that Shero unloaded salary as well. Crosby hasn't had a high end winger since Hossa, and he made the sacrifice so that Shero could get him one. I'm sure Crosby had an idea of whether or not Parise was coming. If he wasn't coming, I'm sure he would have told Sid before he signed his contract.
I dunno, just my two cents.
Holy self-serving speculation batman... You made up an imaginary set of events to make you feel better about the hopes of a free agent signing with your team. Great job!