Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 10/22/14
By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG) The Pittsburgh Penguins recently signed Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year deal worth $76 million. Malkin’s $9.5 million annual cap hit, $800,000 more than Sidney Crosby’s, will be second in the league only to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin at $9,538,642. From Malkin’s point of view, the contract is a home run; he will rake in piles of money, and, barring a buyout, is guaranteed to continue to do so for the next nine seasons. From the team’s point of view, however, it’s difficult to see any tangible benefit aside from keeping Malkin happy and on the team. Long-term contracts carry a tremendous amount of risk for teams, as they bind teams to paying their players through injury and poor play. However, when applied cautiously, these long-term deals can do more than add a key player to the roster for years to come; there actually is some potential financial benefit to the team. Most fans and pundits are quick to point out the risks inherent to long-term deals. For ex...
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