So Sidney Crosby is going to get Ilya Kovalchuk money? That only seems fair, despite Sid the Kid'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. That deal, reported by TSN, came on the heels of 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 offer?
Or will he opt to test free agency?
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