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Roenick: Crosby deal 'contract suicide'

NHL great Jeremy Roenick thinks Sidney Crosby's long-term deal is poor business. (AFP)

NHL great Jeremy Roenick thinks Sidney Crosby's long-term deal is poor business. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 1:35 PM ET

Jeremy Roenick had one of the NHL’s loudest voices during his playing days. And being retired hasn’t exactly shut him up.

According to Roenick, Sidney Crosby’s 12-year contract extension with the Pittsburgh Penguins wasn’t a good idea, despite the centre being the best player in the NHL.

Roenick, who currently does hockey commentary for NBC, threw his weight around this week when he attacked the lengthy contracts NHL teams have handed out.

“I don’t mind the six-year deals,” the former NHLer told NextSportStar.com. “The five- and six-year deals, that’s OK. When you give (Ryan) Suter and (Zach) Parise those 10-, 12-, 13-, 14-year deals … you’re committing contract suicide.”

Roenick then spouted off about the deal the Penguins signed Crosby to earlier this summer despite his recent bout with concussions.

The Penguins re-upped Crosby through the 2024-2025 season in a deal that will see the 25-year-old pocket close to $105 million over a dozen seasons — if he stays healthy.

“You have the Pittsburgh Penguins, who give the guy who has the biggest concussion problems in all of hockey, a (big) deal,” Roenick told NSS. “I think Crosby’s the best player in the game, don’t get me wrong, but when you have concussion problems the way that he has in the last year and a half … is that smart business? I don’t think so.”

After suffering from concussion-like symptoms, Crosby missed half of the 2010-2011 season and didn’t fully recover until last March.


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