According to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman, Sidney Crosby might end up with a 10-year contract extension from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team isn’t allowed to negotiate with Crosby until July 1, but it might not take much longer than that for the two to agree on money and term.
Crosby can essentially name his own price, but in the interest of not crippling the Pens financially, he’ll probably end up with an annual cap hit of about $9 million.
That would be only a mild increase over his current $8,700,000 million cap hit, so by itself, it wouldn’t cause the Penguins to significantly shake up their team. The problem is that Jordan Staal’s contract will expire in the summer of 2013 and Staal is expected demand a significant raise — one that might result in the Penguins trading him.
There’s no question that a healthy Crosby is worth that kind of money, but given his recent concussion history, inking him to a long-term contract is a gamble. Still, for one of the best players in the world, it’s a risk worth taking.
Report: Penguins anticipate minimum seven-year deal for Crosby
That story about Crosby wanting a seven-year deal took a weird turn
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?