The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Sidney Crosby to a sweetheart extension this June, but after missing out on Zach Parise, it appears he'll begin the 2012-13 without the scoring winger Pittsburgh has long coveted.
Whether they get that player this summer or not, the franchise center will spend the next 12 years in Pittsburgh at just $8.7 million per season, shaving off roughly a third of what he could have earned in a spend-happy free agent market.
With the cap space he left on the table, the expectation has become that the Penguins will reward his loyalty with his own version of James Neal.
Given Crosby's (relative) sacrifice, they should. When the time is right, t...