NHL LABOUR WOES
Penguins’ Sidney Crosby exploring playing options
Pittsburgh Penguins hockey player Sidney Crosby watches as Donald Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, speaks at a news conference in New York September 13, 2012. (REUTERS)
Sid the Kid is looking for a new, albeit temportary, home.
Although the NHL lockout is only two days old, Crosby will soon start looking for a place to play, according to his agent. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain hasn't decided if or where he'll play during an extended lockout but, clearly, he will see what opportunities he has at some point soon.
"Are we going to discuss playing somewhere tomorrow morning, I don't think so,'" Pat Brisson told USA Today. "But Sidney has only played 28 games in the last year-and-a-half, and depending upon how this unfortunate situation develops, he's going to want to play hockey."
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, has already signed with Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and has lobbied for Crosby to join him. Malkin has already indicated that Crosby would likely play during the lockout but Brisson says one obstacle -- insuring Crosby -- could be too much of a hurdle for some teams.
"Can they insure him for $100 million? Maybe not," Brisson said. "But at the end of the day, if we were talking about a combination of insurance, guarantees, and we could get up to the $60 million to $100 million range. Who knows? It won't be right away, but if this dragged on a month, two months, there will be some decisions he will have to make."
Crosby has dealt with concussion issues recently but appears to be healthy. He played at the end of the 2011-12 season and into the playoffs, then trained over the summer without complications.