Sidney Crosby: The Most Overpaid Player in Hockey

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Sidney Crosby: The Most Overpaid Player in Hockey
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Even Sidney Crosby is wondering why his contract is bigger than Evgeni Malkin's

On Thursday, the Pittsburgh Penguins and their oft-injured captain Sidney Crosby will sign a 12-year $104.4 Million contract, effective starting in the 2013-2014 season.

This new deal locks Crosby in the Consol Energy Arena until 2025, a huge deal for Pittsburgh, the Penguins, NHL free agents and hockey itself.

The Penguins are ecstatic about having Crosby for the next 13 years.

"He's meant so much to the Penguins, to the growth of youth hockey in Pittsburgh, and to the NHL and the game of hockey in general. It's a tremendous feeling to know he'll be here through 2025," said Penguin president David Morehouse in a team release

According to Crosby's agent Pat Brisson, Crosby wanted to be a Penguin forever. With this new deal, that could very well be the case.

While most, if not all, of Pittsburgh is in favor of this resigning---the deal can't be finalized until free agency begins July 1---the flightless birds are taking a huge risk. 

How can the Penguins justify paying Crosby $8.7 million per year in a front-loaded contract?

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