Well slap me silly, Sidney.
The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they will re-sign captain Sidney Crosby to a 12 year, $104.4 million contract extension.
If you do the math, that’s $8.7 million a year. Unbelievably, Sid didn’t bother taking a pay raise, even though everyone knows he could have asked for way, way more money.
The Penguins organization are obviously thrilled with this signing. Co-owners Mario Lemieux (also known as Sid’s landlord) and Ron Burkle released this joint statement:
“This is a great day for hockey and tremendous news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and our fans. We are grateful for all that Sidney Crosby has done for our franchise since coming to Pittsburgh in 2005, both on and off the ice, and we look forward to having him in a Penguins uniform for the rest of his career. He is an excellent player and an even better person, and he is a great ambassador for the Penguins and for Pittsburgh.”
Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said this:
“In an era when players often move from team to team, it’s gratifying to see a young man who is so committed to one city and one franchise. He’s meant so much to the Penguins, to the growth of youth hockey in Pittsburgh, and to the NHL and the game of hockey in general. It’s a tremendous feeling to know he’ll be here through 2025.”
Meanwhile, general manager Ray Shero had this to say:
“He’s a very special player and knowing that he will be here long-term is outstanding news for our players, coaches, staff and fans. Sidney also brings those extra dimensions as our captain, with his leadership in the room and on the ice. We’re all very excited to reach this agreement on an extension.”
There’s something special knowing that even when I get married and have kids, Sid will still be in a Penguins uniform. This is awesome news.