As the NHL lockout continues to roll on without much progress from either side, star players are beginning to get more and more frustrated with the situation they are facing. With no end in site, it is leaving players considering their options to get back on the ice this season.
One of those star players, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, is exploring his options overseas and could be close to joining an international club.
“You know what? It’s a lot more possible right now,”Crosby said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I probably hadn’t thought about it quite as much as I have the past few days.
“It’s definitely been something — with the way things are looking now [with CBA talks], it’s not looking too good.”
Per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s report, Pat Brisson, who is Crosby’s agent, is in discussion with teams in the KHL and Switzerland’s National League “A”. The Post-Gazette added:
Brisson could not be reached for comment, but this fall projected that insuring Crosby’s contracts with the Penguins — before the lockout, they were scheduled to pay him $111.9 million over 13 seasons — could cost between $200,000 and $400,000, a fee that likely would be borne by the European club that lands him.
Presumably, that insurance would be pro-rated to reflect Crosby playing less than a full season.
If Crosby was to go overseas, he could join his Pittsburgh Penguins co-star Evgeni Malkin in the KHL with Metallurg.