Lets face it. Until the day they retire and quite possibly long beyond that -- Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will be forever linked, compared and contrasted.
And so why not do it now, with the news that Crosby has agreed to a 12-year, 104.4 million contract extension that extends until gulp! 2025?
For comparison purposes, we take you back to Jan. 13, 2008, when Ovechkin agreed to what was then the first NHL contract that exceeded 100 million. Just for fun, lets compare what was said about Ovechkin then and what is being said about Crosby today.
Ovechkin Contract By The Numbers circa 2008Length: 13 years
Value: 124 million
Cap hit: 9.538 million.
No Trade Clause: Begins July 1, 2014 when Ovechkin can list 10 teams he WILL NOT accept a trade to. That list may be modified in September of each year.
Crosby Contract By The Numbers 2012Length: 12 years
Value: 104.4 million
Cap hit: 8.7 million
No Trade Clause: Unavailable, pending Crosbys signature on Sunday.
What the Capitals were saying about Ovechkin
Im a risk taker. And if youre going to make a long-term investment, who else would you do it with? This takes away any of the issues of how committed we are to winning a Cup, how committed we are to keeping a team together. In 10 years the deal might look really attractive. Capitals owner Ted LeonsisWhat Ovechkin was saying about Ovechkin:
Hockey is my life, and money is money. ... If you think about money, you stop playing hockey.
What the Penguins are saying about Crosby:
This is a great day for hockey and tremendous news for the Pittsburgh Penguins and our fans. We are grateful for all that Sidney Crosby has done for our franchise since coming to Pittsburgh in 2005, both on and off the ice, and we look forward to having him in a Penguins uniform for the rest of his career. Penguins co-owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle in a joint statement
Ovechkin By The Numbers career
Regular SeasonGames: 553
Goals: 339Assists: 340
Stanley Cups: 0
Crosby By The Numbers careerRegular SeasonGames: 434
Stanley Cups: 1
So let's stir the debate again. If you had 100 mill, who would you give it to, Ovi or Sid?