Found January 06, 2012 on
We may not see Sidney Crosby compete for the Pittsburgh Penguins again this season. There's no update from the team, but Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos argues all involved would be better off taking the "better-safe-than-sorry" approach following his secondary concussion, in light of Crosby's long-term health and future contract considerations.
With the superstar scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent summer 2013, the Penguins will have exclusive negotiating rights in regards to an extension starting this coming July. Arguing that Crosby's entire career could be in jeopardy, Kypreos suggests Pens GM Ray Shero could be in an uneasy position if the player's agent only wants to talk long-term deal.
"... How can Shero not be nervous about what the franchise might be willing to pay Crosby on a new deal? Even if the Penguins still want to make him a 'Penguin for life' with a new long-term deal (possibly 10 years and $100-million), it won't come with an insurance policy that protects the Penguins from a career-ending concussion. The franchise will be on the hook to pay him if he decides to retire ..."
The HockeyFanLand insight:
Kypreos suggests Crosby's season could be over. After reading the full report I believe Kypreos makes some really good points. I would agree Crosby should call it quits this season. I have no doubt the Pittsburgh Penguins will be looking for a long-term deal and be happy to sign one. For that to be successful it is important not to rush Sidney Crosby back into the harmful position health wise.
Crosby's season could be over. With everything at play here it should be over. Let's remember Sidney Crosby is only 24 years old taking a few months off now could benefit greatly in the future. It could be the difference between permanent retirement and becoming the face of the NHL again.
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