So you’re a Penguins fan. You open the paper and read that your team’s superstar has resigned a long-term deal, and not only that, he went below what he could have gotten, in an effort to help the team out in their time of financial woes and salary cap hell.
So what happens when the team takes that cap room and wastes it, like, well….like the Penguins?
Crosby, born 8/7/87, wearing number 87, signed for $8.7 million a year. How quaint. The problem here is that Crosby, who is now the youngest player ever to be made captain of his team, restructured his deal to make almost 2 million less than he could have, with the sole intent that the cap space would go to re-sign his teammates coming up as Unrestricted Free Agents soon, and to bring in the missing piece or two to the team’s hopeful Cup Run. But, who have the Pens signed since Crosby signed his contract?
Last week they re-signed Colby
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Can the Pens sign that top tier free agent to complete the puzzle? Will they use the cap room wisely? Or will they continue to be the Pittsburgh Fucking Penguins and find new and inventive ways to screw things up?
Until we find out the answer to that, Crosby has become the love of the town. When was the last time you saw a team superstar voluntarily take less than what he was worth for the good of the team (Say Tom Brady and I will smack the Simmons out of your mouth)?
“I think it was important just to do what was right for everyone,” Crosby said. “We have a unique situation with our team with so many great young players. I think we all want to be there and hopefully it’s a step in the right direction.”
That sounds so sweet until you realize that he’s basically saying “I did this for you, now you better sign some talent to play around me, Fuck-os.” It’s sweet in a veiled threat sort of way….and nothing says true love like ultimatums.