Sidney Crosby signed a five-year deal with the Penguins yesterday paying him $8.6 million a year.
While $8.6 million is big money, reader Lauren pointed this out to me:
It has, however, become clear that Crosby will not seek the maximum salary to which he is entitled under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. That would be 20 percent of the league’s $50.3 million salary-cap maximum for the 2007-08 season, or $10.06 million per year for the life of the contract.
Crosby’s motivation for doing that is to give management money that can be used to keep the team’s nucleus of exceptional young talent together in coming years.
Taking less money to keep the team viable?
Where’s the greed? Where’s the dollar signs in his eyeballs with the “ching ching” sound effect?
“I want to be here for a long time,” Crosby said. “Individual honors and scoring championships are great, but my No. 1 goal is to win the Stanley Cup. I’d love to be a part of bringing the Cup back here to Pittsburgh.”
I’ll drink to that.