Sidney Crosby will be a Pittsburgh Penguin for a very long time. Likewise with Jonathan Quick being a Los Angeles King.
On Thursday the Penguins re-signed Crosby to a 12 year contract worth $104.4 million, and the Kings re-signed Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner to a 10-year contract extension.
The Penguins made it clear that Crosby, and not Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin, is their long term guy.
The Penguins had space to offer Crosby a huge contract when they traded Jordan Staal to Carolina.
But even though Crosby is considered an elite player in the league, he does have a history of concussions that simply cannot be ignored.
For Quick, the long term deal is also interesting. I know he just led the Kings to a Stanley Cup, but I also remember what happened when the New York Islanders signed Rick Dipietro to a massive contract. He ran into injury problems. And don’t forget, the Kings were only eighth in the Western Conference during the regular season and it was questionable at the beginning of the year if the long term goaltender in Los Angeles would be Quick or back-up goaltender Jonathan Bernier.