Originally written on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 6/29/12
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The musings are a day late today, but that’s only because all of the big news happened yesterday. Don’t blame us, blame everyone else for not making all this stuff happen before Thursday. I swear, everyone else is to blame, not us! So Sidney Crosby gets $104.4 million over 12 years. From a hockey standpoint, that is a very risky contract. Crosby has had significant concussion issues, and could be one poorly placed hit away from early retirement. From a business standpoint, it’s a savvy investment in the face of the franchise. For an average of $8.7 million per season, the Pens get to keep their boy in Pittsburgh and reap the marketing benefits of having him there. They make more off him than he does off them, that’s for sure. Sticking with the Pens, it’s assuming that Evgeni Malkin will sign a similar deal. With their two top stars locked down, 18 players under contract, and oodles of cap room (~$14 million), the Pens are poised to make runs at both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. The ...
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