Stoosh wrote:Couple more thoughts I have on this...
1. This notion that Malkin is going to want to max out seems to come largely from a media guided mostly by the stereotype that most European hockey players only care about getting a big contract. I've heard it mentioned in articles in the Canadian media. I've heard Maguire mention it. It boils down to this for some of these media types:
Malkin = Euro = Max Contract
Connect the dots, I guess. There's no basis for it...nothing attributed directly to Malkin or his agent. And it's nothing but perpetuating this stereotype that the Euros don't care about the Cup as much as they do maxing out on a contract. Until I actually hear it from Malkin or his agent, I don't see him going for a max level deal.
2. I heard Starkey mention this yesterday on ESPN Radio 1250. When you factor in how much the cap could increase every year between now and the end of Crosby's contract, he left a hell of a lot more on the table than $1.5 million a year. Sid's contract could end up saving the Pens upwards of $20 million by the time it's time to ink him to a new one.
Sid is something of a hero for taking such a massive pay cut, but he knows how the business works and he knows what's important to him.
If he is making top dollar, he isn't going to have the best wingers he can get and that means that he wont have as many titles, trophies, or Cups when his destined to be legendary career has ended.
Now here is where it gets complicated for Ray Shero and the Penguins. Geno Malkin could have that exact same approach to his next contract and take 15% less then the current cap ceiling (around 9.1/season) like Sid did. Their combined pay cuts would allow the Penguins to spend money on a very good winger for one
of them to skate with on a line. It would appear that Sid's need for a goal scoring winger is more important to the management and the fans then Geno's. If you were Geno Malkin, how would that make you feel?
This is part of what happened to Tampa Bays instant plummet. Vinny and Marty were like peas and carrots while Richards was forced to make do with whatever was left over for them to squeeze under the cap. It already appears Geno's left winger is going to be gone, does that mean he gets to play with Sykora and Talbot while management bends over backwards to make Sid happy for taking his pay cut?
My point is simply this: why should Malkin take less to play for a team that will use that money saved to help the teams "number one" center. Why should ANYBVODY begrudge Geno for feeling left out because of that? After all, as soon as Geno's line goes into a slump he will be the one taking all of the heat from the fans while Sid soaks up all the glory because his line mates make him appear to be the clear cut better player.
People say there are no egos, and that these things I have theoretically presented here are not what drives these world class athletes.But that's only because the people who discuss these things can't possibly fathom what each individuals career means to him.
Now if Sid and Geno each have equal talent on their wings then I don't see any issues. That's what management should look to find. 2 top 4 wingers that are pure snipers and 2 top 4 wingers that are solid defensively and can provide some toughness and physical play.
Having Hossa on the team offsets that balance, they can't have 2 #1 centers and just one elite winger like that and expect perfect team harmony.
Sorry for rambling, great post BTW.