Monday’s Daily Five Ice Report
*Rumblings, Musings, Opinions*
1. Brad Marchand looking so good on Sidney Crosby’s wing was fun to wonder if the combination could team-up next season (Marchand signing with Pittsburgh as a free agent) or even at the trade deadline with Marchand until today scheduled for unrestricted free agency after the season.
It wasn’t just fans. Marchand was even asked a few days ago at the World Cup about playing in Pittsburgh with Crosby.
Marchand inking an 8 year, $49 million extension with the Bruins brings that type of talk to a thundering halt.
Marchand’s market value was pretty much set with this past summer’s spending as Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo both netted 7 year, $42 million contracts. On the open market Marchand probably would have got 7 years – $45-$50 million.
With the Bruins able to offer eight years, he will basically net the same amount of money he would have received next summer.
As Crosby nears his 30’s and Chris Kunitz no longer a top flight winger and nearing the end of his career, finding the perfect winger for Crosby is going to be a continuing process for the Penguins and it may never happen.
From next summers free agent crop, there wouldn’t be a better fit than T.J. Oshie, but no chance the Capitals let him get away.
The interesting thing with the Marchand – Crosby talk prior to today’s signing, there was a point during the summer of 14-15 where Pittsburgh was approached Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"