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Talks between Sidney Crosby and Kyle Dubas take an unexpected turn


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Ryan Smitheram
July 8, 2024  (9:40)
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Sidney Crosby is looking to play his entire career with the Penguins
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Many have been wondering what may occur between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby in light to recent friction between he and Pens GM Kyle Dubas.

The Penguins and their captain are reportedly much closer to reaching an agreement on a new contract for the 36-year-old than previously indicated.
Entering the final season of his 12-year contract he signed in 2012, Sidney Crosby has always maintained that he wanted to end his career as a Penguin. However, when July 1st came and went without the Penguins announcing an extension for him, questions began to surface about whether he wanted to spend his final years on a declining club, or have the chance chase his fourth Stanley Cup elsewhere with a contending team.
According to Rob Rossi of The Athletic, as quiet as talks were to begin free agency, those discussions have picked up and the two sides are nearing a new deal that will see Crosby spend his entire career with the Penguins.
The reason for a delay in an extension, according to Rossi and his sources, was due to Crosby wanting to allow Penguins GM Kyle Dubas to address other off-season matters. Crosby's next deal is expected to be a three-year term with an AAV of around $10M per season, but you can bet that the superstitious Crosby will find a way to work 87 into the number given that he has carried an $8.7M cap hit throughout his entire career aside from his entry-level deal.
Crosby continued to defy age last season, scoring 42 goals and 94 points, tying him with Wayne Gretzky for most consecutive point-per-game seasons in the NHL with 19. A first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, Rossi also noted that Fenway Sports Group, the owners of the Penguins, are hopeful to have Crosby around the organization in a front-office role when he finally decides to retire.
Source: The Athletic:
Crosby nearing new contract with Penguins
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