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Crosby rejects $7.5M offer from WHA

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby

8/25/2004 3:00:35 AM

Dollar signs and an accelerated career in professional hockey is not enough to get Sidney Crosby out of junior.

According to a report in the Ottawa Sun, the teen phenom was offered a three-year, $7.5-million US contract by the Hamilton franchise in the World Hockey Association.

Crosby turned down the offer, electing to stay with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

"Anytime you turn away that much money...you work hard most of your life to play in the NHL and one day make a career of it," Crosby said. "But it took a lot to say no to that much money, I'm young and hopefully that one day where I play hockey for a job will come soon."

The paper, citing an NHL source, reports that team owner Mario Frankovitch made the offer to Crosby.  It would pay the 17 year-old $2.5-million for each of the three seasons and, reportedly, would pay Crosby a guaranteed $2-million even if the fledling league can't get off the ground.


 

Crosby has been widely touted as the next scoring superstar in professional hockey and he scored 135 points in 59 games as a rookie last season.

There is some confusion concerning the report, however, as Hamilton does not own Crosby's WHA rights. Crosby was selected first in the WHA Amateur Draft by Toronto on July 17. Hamilton picked fourth and chose Corey Locke.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1STUBEROODid I miss something here, or was it not Toronto w ...
2DAGG111oh boy.... ...
3MRFUNKYDOODLENo way Crosby will take this and put back his ente ...
4SPYDERMALone word... STUPID ...
5FRIESENTONYI wish I had 6 million dollars to throw away. ...
6ROD61I remember when I was 17 and offered $7.5 million, ...
7PROVOST_DRUNKWOW As a Hamiltonian I'm psyched about the chan ...
8PROVOST_DRUNKOne other interesting thing to note... as if the G ...
9WACHIYAKid¡¦ Take the $$$, chances are you are not going ...
10WEDGEEEDO IT THE NHL IS STILL 3 YEARS AWAY! THE MILLIONS ...
11SARCASMICIf it doesn't affect his junior status (for when t ...
12DITTOHEADTIMEOUT!! This is the reason why hockey is going ...
13OILERSFEVERyup lets get paying them tons of money early so wh ...
14MOOSE1871And this is why we have problems with the NHL. Own ...
15FOULEMLWhat's good for the goose sure sounds good for the ...
16IGGY1204hockey is a business get your money crosby, ...
17RICO869take the money kid and then run run like youve ne ...
1824+CUPSGo for it kid, that league will be more stable tha ...
19POTATASHFREETESHWHO CARES....BLA..bla..bla money...bla bla wha...t ...
20GRAPPLEDThis is crazy, ya cant blame Crosby here, its the ...
21SBONITATIBUSthis kid is gonna flop sooner than later if he let ...
22CULLYMANTake the $$$$$$$ Sydney...there is lots of time fo ...
23CANUCK_FAN_MANI'd take it!!! ...
24MANELECTROStuberoo is right, Crosby was selected by Toronto ...
25MLONGTIN1HILARIOUS! A) Didn't Toronto draft him. B) 7.5 m ...
26LEAFSRTERRIBLEhere we go again. ...
27MBANNER77Nothing like following in Gretzky's footsteps. I h ...
28MBANNER77This couldn't be better for Crosby. Play WHA and g ...
29REBELSFANIn the joke of a league, here's the punchline... ...
30TXAThis makes no sense at all. he was drafted by Tor ...
31KING_AURTHORThere is only one thing to come from this, If he t ...
32Z88OILERSFEVER You don't see why a 17 year old kid wo ...
33HAWKEYNUT66If Crosby wants to prove that he is sincere about ...
34LEAFS_PROSPECTTake the money... This league is a joke and you wi ...
35SWIGGERMRFUNKYDOODLE -- While I agree with most of your ...
36LAURENT10It's situations like this that are turning sports ...
37HARDCORE_AVSFAN2.5 mil a year. i can't believe it. he's only one ...
38NAMEKYDAt 17 yrs old you have to take this deal. Make the ...
39NEHMEHSISZ88 - Valid point, but, won't the WHA be a good be ...
40LEEDOGGIt doesn't matter which way he goes, as soon as he ...
41BBOWER99This is a huge decision for a young guy like crosb ...
42BORISKODon't do it! You could get alot more elsewhere... ...
43CSHANNAHANLISTEN! Take the money and play there, if he goes ...
44KNOCKOFF88Gretzky took it years ago and turned into the best ...
45HOOLIE420What? Only 7.5 Million? Why not $30 million? $2.5 ...
46MBA$5million is the max a player can earn in the WHA. ...
47MUIRINATORridiculous....he's a good player...but come on...i ...
48DANCAVANAUGHI get a kick out of some saying Crosby will flop. ...
49CASPERNot to blame Cosby for anything, but the team or ...
50DEATHMATCH_KINGDon't worry folks, WHA is dead allready. Those Flo ...
51DEATHMATCH_KINGFolks, the Toronto franchise is dead essentially. ...
52KJAMANIThats a hefty sum of money for any 17 year old. $2 ...
53WAM_RAVENHypocrits at work in the WHA. Don't take anything ...
54BUCKITSWhat in the hell is happening to sports????? The k ...
55IAN160Another central canada hockey gaffe. Throw $$ at p ...
56ICEDOG1942anyone remember' GRETZKY'.take the money. it does ...
57DUFFERMANIf the Cheque clears....."JUST DO IT".Then the own ...
58JIMALTAA guaranteed $2 million if the league can't get of ...
59TICATSACKATTACKAn unproven kid is offered this ridiculous amount ...
60SEVDOGThe money is not worth losing your Integrity!!!!!! ...
61JUJU89HOOLIE420, your right, the wha is trying to make c ...
62SEAN150Take the money!!!! $2M in your pocket because the ...
63AMAR604THis league will fold soon enough. we've seen them ...
64P-DAWGTHEHABSFANHe should take it. There may never be NHL again s ...
65SBRUCE3The WHA is such a mess, 6 weeks away from what is ...
66SAD666TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN! The NHL will be there lat ...
67GO_HABSIf the league can't get off the ground? Umm...ther ...
68SHEP435confusion? Of course there is confusion, this is t ...
69ANARCHY616man, this guy is turning out to be like a rockstar ...
70EECOL3012.5M thats cheap for someone who would fill the st ...
71OGOPOGO7Sign the deal but, make sure there is an out claus ...
72P_W_WALSHWAIT A SECOND!! ISN't the WHA supposed to be a leu ...
73LEEF_FANThis gives you some idea how Mickey Mouse this lea ...
74JOE-KATTThat's too much money for a 17 year old kid. He ...
75HABITUAL2002I thought the new WHA was supposed to attract play ...
76DWOJ99hahah take the money chances are the leauge wont g ...
77GARABALDI17.5 million sounds like a lot of money for a kid w ...
78DOSH03Well the WHA needs smething to give it some credib ...
79ENZO5Wow, $7.5M, this is insane, being offered that amo ...
80RISHIKUMAROk... let me get this staright, one league is on t ...
81SNURMOHow can you say it's too much money when Lebron Ja ...
82REDWINGFAN99Sidney you would be a fool not to take it. Even a ...
83RISHIKUMARTo SNURMO, I don't think anyone here is saying th ...
84MCNABB5I can't believe they expect any of these "draftees ...
85MIKEThis is why the NHL is in trouble, i thought this ...
86JOHNNYPLAZwow! The WHA is starting up right where it left of ...
87RDOCTake it kid. With all the trouble in the NHL, this ...
88LEAFSFAN360all this will do to him is lower his playing capab ...
89HOGPILOTThis league is a JOKE! The Halifax franchise owner ...
90FLAMES24I do agree that this league is a complete joke, bu ...
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