PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores past Ilya Bryzgalov #30 of the Philadelphia Flyers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Crosby is still under contract next season, so the extension kicks in for the 2013-14 season and runs through the 2024-25 season, when Crosby will be 37 (almost 38) years old.
Some fun and assorted notes:
--In order to pass Wayne Gretzky and set the NHL's career points record by the time this contract was over, Crosby would have to average 173 points each season. His high, to this point is 120.
--In order to pass Mario Lemieux and take over 1st place in Penguins history, Crosby has a much more manageable: 85.7 (or let's say 86) points per year.
--And, before you ask, Crosby needs 470 more points (or 336 more games at his current scoring rate)before he would pass Jaromir Jagr out for 2nd place all-time for 2nd place the Penguins record book for points. 336 games is just over 4 full NHL seasons.
--But, Crosby (currently 5th in franchise history) is only 4 points behind Ron Francis and 27 behind Rick Kehoe, so getting to 3rd place will be achieved next season, health-willing.
--Crosby needs 481 more games (or 6 full seasons) before he passes Lemieux for first place, all-time for most games played by a Pittsburgh Penguin.
--If Crosby averages 50 penalty minutes or more per season for the next 13 seasons, he'll be the franchise's all-time leader there too. (Assuming no brute passes him and Kevin Stevens doesn't come out of retirement).
--Crosby would have to average 23 points per season in the playoffs to pass Gretzky's league leading number there. If he averages 16 points per year, in 13 years he will pass Mark Messier for 2nd place all-time. Sid would need 11 points/playoffs to tie Jari Kurri for 3rd all-time.
--Mario Lemieux will be 3 months shy of 60 years old when the contract extension expires.
--Kids born in 87's NHL rookie year will celebrate their high school graduations before this contact ends.
--Crosby will be team captain for 18 seasons, assuming the no-brain assumption that he keeps the C. (Due to the lockout, Steve Yzerman was captain for 19 seasons and 20 years for the Red Wings.