Well if they trade or let go of some of the already mentioned players they will have about 10 or 11 mil free. Sid 10 million for 6-7 yrs is what I am thinking, Staal will probably be about 6.5 for 5 yrs. that is only about 3 mil more.
Can we please look for a player that is over 6 feet tall, we seem to get smothered in playoffs.
I hope when negotiating a sweetheart deal, Crosby says to Shero, "I'll take a discount so long as the money I'm leaving on the table doesn't go toward you signing fifty ****ing grinders instead."
This post wins the thread.
In all seriousness, basically whatever he wants is the answer. I can't see him saying it but if it was me and I had his skill set, I'd tell them that I'll take a paycut if we bring in a winger who can skate with me for the rest of my career.
This is about what he should get. If he survives that contract relatively injury free, then they offer him the front or end loaded contract and he retires a Pen. At 31 years old that is not unreasonable.
And as to the insurance issue, a former GM was on HomeIce recently and said Crosby is uninsurable with his injury history. He said if it was a few years from now, maybe, but it is too soon. In the case of injury the Pens can LTIR to get around cap issues, but the organization will be on the hook for the money owed.
That is why the GM suggested the shorter contract for the high dollar amount, it is a sign of good faith from both sides. He also mentioned that Brisson can be a real ball buster, and he said this from personal knowledge.
When was his "significant concussion history"? He had one, maybe two concussions during his entire career. He also had a pretty serious neck injury that once found/fixed, solved the problem pretty quickly. He is no more/less likely to be injured than any other player that plays the minutes he does.
Is this a joke? You know..the concussions and concussion like symptoms that pretty much kept him out for well over a year.