Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 6/28/12

So Sidney Crosby is going to get Ilya Kovalchuk money? That only seems fair, despite Crosby's scary concussion history.The Pittsburgh Penguins are prepared to lock in Crosby with a $104.2 million extension over 12 years, with an annual salary cap hit of $9 million. So reports the folks at TSN. That deal comes on the heels of center Jordan Staal rejecting a 10-year, $60 million deal to stay in Pittsburgh.Staal moved on to Carolina in a trade. That exit, plus Crosby’s extension, will move Evgeni Malkin’s contract situation to the front burner. Can the Penguins make Crosby's tag team partner a similar nine-digit offer?For more on the NHL rumor mill, check out my column on STLToday.com

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