On Monday Sidney Crosby spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the lockout and hunt for a CBA with the NHL. The Penguins captain is frustrated and suggested the reason there's been no deal is the NHL refuses to move from its demands.
"I understand their point. At the end of the day it's dollars, but at the end of the day you want to get a deal done," Crosby told reporter Shelly Anderson. "I don't think they're going to get a deal done if they're trying to take away guys' contracting rights. It's just frustrating.
"You kind of hear the same things coming out of the meetings all the time. Just waiting to hear something new from their side. It's almost to the point where you don't want to ask because you know you're going to get the same answer you got a week before."
While the Pittsburgh Penguin union rep is Craig Adams, all NHL players are being welcomed by union leader Donald Fehr to attend bargaining sessions and Crosby was in New York for the sessions last week. He told Anderson that he feels there's no need for the league to insist on dramatically changing things in any new CBA and that the talks are "pretty one-sided."
Sidney Crosby: Making big NHL money
Crosby, who said that he's considering playing in Europe, would stand to lose the most should existing contracts be reduced in the new CBA. The 25-year-old, who has made $47,355,000 to date in his NHL career, is scheduled to make $7.5 million this season then from 2013-14 through 2015-16 he will get $12 million per season. After that, his contract begins dropping incrementally and if he plays until it ends in 2024-25 he will have made $159,255,000 over 20 seasons. For the last three seasons of that contract he's scheduled to make only $3 million per so if he retires after 17 seasons he will still have made more than $150 million.
While Forbes magazine's September report on the state of the franchises in the NHL said only 5 turned a profit last season, Crosby feels the league was prospering under the old CBA. "I think we all think it's the most competitive league in the world so why would you go and change that," he told Anderson. "The way contracts go and the way teams can operate?
"If it's not broke, don't fix it."