Sidney Crosby: 400,000 Reasons Penguins Star Won’t Play Overseas During Lockout

October 2nd, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
Alex Ovechkin has signed a contract to play with the Kontinental Hockey League's Moscow Dynamo. Evgeni Malkin has done the same with the KHL's Mettalurg franchise (via

Dozens of NHL players have signed to play in the KHL and other European leagues, including the Swedish Elite League, the Czech League and the Finnish Elite League.

Could Sidney Crosby be the next player to put his name on a deal to play in an overseas league until the NHL lockout comes to an end?

It's a possibility, but it seems like the idea of Crosby going overseas to join his Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Malkin is one that will not come to fruition (via Yahoo! Sports).

It just may be too cost-prohibitive for Crosby and the team that might bring him aboard.

The expense would not be the salary a KHL (or any other league) team would pay him. The expense would be for the insurance that would be needed to cover Crosby.

Crosby, of course, signed a 12-year, $104.4 million contract extension with the Penguins in late June. According to Crosby's agent Pat Brisson, the cost of insuring that deal would be approximately $400,000 per month (via NBCSport ...

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