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What Are You Doing Sidney?

from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,

Hey, Sid, how ya doing? It’s Don, Don Fehr. Yeah, yeah, the executive director of the NHLPA, that Don….

Are you out of your mind? Do you pay your agent for this stuff? I mean, I’ve heard the expression puckhead before, but never realized it was a literal thing.

You signed for $8.7 million Sid. That’s the same as your last contract, the one you signed four years ago. What is the matter with you? Didn’t anyone mention to you that league revenues have grown by $1.1 billion since then?

In case you missed the memo, I’m heading to the belly of the beast on Friday, aka: Gary Bettman’s office, to fight about exactly how much of the league’s $3.3 billion in revenue should belong to the guys who wear skates and risk getting their heads torn off every night.

I’m not sure if you are up to speed on this or not, but just in case: the owners—that would be your former landlord Mario and the rest of them—they want to give you guys less money.

We’re not exactly sure how much less at this point, but let’s assume it’s about 15 per cent less than you guys are getting now.


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Bosephus's avatar

I actually respect Sid for this.  He knows he could make way more, but wants a Cap friendly salary so he can have some good teammates too.  Plus the whole superstitious 87 thing might play a part.

Posted by Bosephus from Behind enemy lines, Denver, CO on 06/28/12 at 11:03 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

As much as I hate to admit it, I agree. It’s good to see a player not totally fleece his employer for everything he can for the good of the entire team. I’ll probably only say this just this once, but good for Sid.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/28/12 at 11:16 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Yeah, what a mistake signing a contract that shows the fans that you care about working within the system already established while also trying to make sure your GM can put together a competitive hockey team.

You dick.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 06/28/12 at 11:42 PM ET


Assuming Crosby has some kind of assurance that the Penguins will spend the money he left on the table on complementary players, then it’s a good move. Can a contract include any assurance of that, though, or does Crosby just take it on faith?

Posted by Ken on 06/28/12 at 11:49 PM ET


This was a great move by Crosby.

Incidently, if he’s still a $8.7mil per player doesn’t that make Parise something like a $6.5-7mil per player? It probably doesn’t matter since he’ll sign with the Pens anyway.

Posted by godblender on 06/29/12 at 12:05 AM ET


Incidently, if he’s still a $8.7mil per player doesn’t that make Parise something like a $6.5-7mil per player?


Posted by Garth on 06/29/12 at 12:18 PM ET

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