Sidney Crosby isn’t having surgery.
Although Crosby has been plagued by wrist pain this summer, the Penguins’ captain will not have a surgical procedure to repair the injury.
According to the Penguins, Crosby will continue to undergo treatment for his injury.
In a statement on Twitter, the team said Crosby sought “additional medical advice” and that it was determined the injury did not require surgery, despite reports in other media outlets that an operation already was planned.
The Tribune-Review reported last week that no decision had been made regarding a possible operation for Crosby. Sources told the Tribune-Review last week that the injury took place during a game in late March, when Crosby’s hand absorbed the brunt of a hit into the boards."
— Josh Yohe (via sidmalkin)
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane got paid, as they were always going to do. It’s pretty cool that two people who seem totally different can be worth the same dollar figure to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Jonathan Toews: tall and dark at 6’2” and 210 pounds, 26-years-old, stone-faced and serious, plays center, a defensive superstar who collects a good number of points around the crease: $10.5 million per for eight years.
Patrick Kane: small and light at 5’11” (apparently measured while in heels) and 180 pounds, 25-years-old, light-hearted fun-lover, plays wing, always has offense on the brain and collects points with dazzling vision, stick skills and speed: $10.5 million per for eight years.
Some notes on these two massive contracts:
* Toews and Kane are both deserving, and worth, those cap figures. They’ve both proven you can win with them at the core of a team by winning two Stanley Cups. One’s an elite point getter, and one’s elite going both ways. They will be 33 and 34 respectively when the deals end. With today’s fitness training, they’ll still be contributors in 2022-23.
* Nine other players are schedule to make more than $10 million dollars next season (real dollars, not cap hits) thanks to previous contracts, so it’s not like they shattered some $10 million ceiling or something. Those names: Weber, Crosby, Parise, Suter, Lundqvist, Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Giroux, Kessel. “Toews” and “Kane” fit in there nicely.
* The point being made by many today: like in basketball with players like Lebron James, top NHL players are underpaid. As Tyler Dellow pointed out on Twitter, Jaromir Jagr and Peter Forsberg both made $11 million in 2003-04. A decade later, revenues have almost doubled, yet the top dogs make no more money. They’re worth it, both in what they provide on the ice (wins!) and marketing value, but instead the salary cap bloats the paychecks of lesser, more average players instead.
But Toews and Kane ushered in a new era of Blackhawks hockey after some rough years. They rejuvenated the fanbase, won Cups, and became the faces of the franchise. The Blackhawks were in no position to just wave goodbye come the end of next year, and given what they’d get on the open market (I could see them getting another million each per year as UFAs), they had to go at least this high…."
— Justin Bourne, “Toews & Kane’s new deals may be massive, but they’re worth those dollars and more”, http://www.thescore.com/news/535041