Crosby to Play in the WHA?

Sportsnet’s Hockey Hearsay reports the new World Hockey Association is hoping the colour of money will woo teenage phenom Sidney Crosby to Hamilton this season, the Sun has learned.

A well-placed NHL source told the Sun last night that Hamilton WHA franchise owner Mario Frankovich has offered the 17-year-old Crosby a firm three-year, $7.5-million (all terms US) contract to leave the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic.

Not only would Crosby, who will be the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL entry draft in Ottawa next June, make $2.5 million per season, sources also confirmed he’ll receive a guarantee of $2 million even if the fledgling league doesn’t get off the ground this season.


42 Responses to Crosby to Play in the WHA?

  1. PayUpSucka says:

    Not a word of lie. Sidney’s aunt lives right next door to me, Rhonda, Sidney’s father’s sister. She says there is no way he’ll play in the WHA, even with the amount of money involved. He’s going to ride it out in the Q.

  2. BADBANNER says:

    That is absolutly retarded. I mean no offense to Crosby, but this kid has not proved a single thing yet. Sure he can led the Junior leagues in scoring, but playing at the NHL level is a completly different story.

    Not to mention how many people on this site, and everywhere, where offered 7.5 million at the age of 17?

    It probably will not go through becasue the Toronto organization owns his WHA rights.

  3. leafs_man says:

    well crosby is a pretty remarkible hockey player for his age, im convinced at the leavel of the wha he would do fine but evn if he isnt gonna play in the wha, i think there problel wont be even a wha, if anyones know or herd differnt please post a comment and let me know

  4. PayUpSucka says:

    No he’s only proved to Gretz and Dave Taylor that offensively he’s ready to play in the N now. Do yourself a favor bro, and go see him play. He’s like two steps ahead of eveyone he’s played with. Somebody thinks pretty highly of him seeing as how he’s played in LA’s rookie camp 2 years in a row.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Doesn’t T.O. have his rights tho?

  6. cgolding says:

    i would like to point out that i commented on this potential Crosby/WHA situation in an article that was posted a while back. whether they wait for the NHL or not is going to be interesting, but from a financial view of the situation it definitely makes sense for him to take the WHA’s money now and then go to the NHL in a couple of years.

  7. elnero says:

    But what exactly would happen in a couple of years? Idon’t know enough about the ins and outs of drafting to figure out exactly how that would work?

  8. Furlong19 says:

    Crosby sucks. He doesn’t even know how to stick handle and he’s slow on his feet.

  9. cgolding says:

    i’m curious as well… would he potentially become a UFA? it could become something along the lines of the RJ Umberger situation of his status turning into that… in which case he DEFINITELY should gamble on the WHA, because UFA status is the single most powerful a player gets in his career financially, and a kid of his supposed talents would be idiotic to not angle towards it.

    not to mention he isn’t going to get more than 2.5 mil under the new CBA as a rook, so he’ll be making more money in those few years as well.

  10. Lint07 says:

    ‘Dumbest comment of the day’ award.


  11. PayUpSucka says:

    Lol. Good one boss. I needed a laugh.

  12. PayUpSucka says:

    He apparently can’t become a UFA because of his age. He’ll still be 18. Umberger was 20 I think, which is why he was unrestricted, I think???

  13. cgolding says:

    he’s 17 now, if he plays 3 years of WHA he’ll be 20… could be interesting.

  14. PayUpSucka says:


    A one year deal might be a better option. Leaves the door open for him to play the N in 06. Who knows though if the W will even get off the ground.

    Personally i’d take the money in a heartbeat, but his old man (like another superstars father) has a lot to say. Hope this doesn’t end up like the Carl Lindros show.

  15. Furlong19 says:

    I knew some would get a kick out of that

  16. leafs_man says:

    Furlong19— who ever the is this user dosnt have a clue wayne gretzey dosnt know what he is talking about bu tu do dum ass lol yea rite

    this crakes me up lol

    im still laughing im in tears lol

  17. leafs_man says:

    oh yea some kick outo fit lol stupid dummie

  18. PayUpSucka says:

    Relax dude, don’t take a stroke. He was f ucking around. Sorry you missed the humor.

  19. elnero says:

    I think the idea is that a three year deal with the next big superstar would add a level of legitimacy and to the WHA not to mention it would give them an “attraction” for three years which could only help them grow. I think the hope would be that after the three years the league would on it’s feet and he would choose stay as opposed to moving to the NHL. A one year deal would just be idiotic for the league as it would do nothing for their credibility.

  20. Furlong19 says:

    Judging by your horrible spelling and grammar, I can easily see why you thought I was serious.

    “Hookt on fonics workt fer me!”

  21. Sabres1 says:

    leafs fan…


  22. PayUpSucka says:

    You’re absolutely right.

    The one year thing only works well for Sidney. Although the one year he did play would help the league off the ground.

  23. RangerSteve says:

    Oh yeah? Well i know Brian Leetch’s wife’s sister who married Mark Messier’s cousin who was roommates with my Dad in college, jk. Teh smartest thing Crosby would do is ride it out in the Q with Rimouski. Why on earth would a player like him or anyone for that matter, want to sign on in a league that has too many questions up in the air?

  24. PayUpSucka says:

    haha, I knew someone was going to make a crack on that one. I agree that he shouldn’t and probably won’t sign, but it must be tough to say no to 7.5 mill at 17.

  25. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    There is 100% NO CHANCE Crosby plays in the WHA…

    His value is the highest it can get RIGHT NOW. He is the UNDISPUTED 1# pick in next year’s draft and COULD go to the Rangers (god I hate the Rangers) thus making Crosby the REAL Next One, based in a city where his endorsement money will FAR exceed the pittance that he can make in the WHA.

    You say “why not play one year in the WHA?” and I say two words – Maurice Clarette. If Crosby was to get injured by some GOON fresh off the bus from Fin Flan or Moose Factory and now playing on the Toros – his career could be damaged in ways that would cost him tens of millions of dollars.

    Unlike the poor advice that Carl and Bonnie CONSTANTLY gave to Eric – let’s hope Sid is getting STRONG advice to keep playing in juniors from his agent (or advisors). He is the future of the league. Much like Baseball needed the Maguire-Sosa home run record race – Hockey NEEDS a new super star to replace Wayne and Mario. It should have been Federov, Lindros, Kariya or Jagr but as we have seen they are NO Wayne or Mario.

  26. PayUpSucka says:

    Well said man.

  27. RangerSteve says:

    How can you sign for 7.5 mil when you don’t even know something will get off the ground? 🙂

  28. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:


    I need something to talk about these days.

  29. PayUpSucka says:

    These must be the same guys that run the leafs. They just like to give it away.

    Can’t believe I just took a shot at my own team.

  30. rojoke says:

    This is a little bit of a surprise, but not for the reasons you’d think.

    This week’s Hockey News has an Overtime column about the WHA. Here’s a quote directly from the article.

    The WHA wanted to ice eight teams in 2004-05: The Quebec Nordiks, Dallas Americans, Halifax Icebreakers, Detroit Gladiators, Vancouver Blazers, Toronto Toros, and entries from Florida and Hamilton, Ont. They’re now down to five, after both Ontario teams and the Florida farnchise bit the proverbial dust.

    Now this has me scratching my head. Sportsnet isn’t exactly the bottom of the barrel when it comes to credibility, but the Hockey News isn’t the National Enquirer either. HN is usually a couple of weeks behind their cover date, so something may have changed between the time the issue went to print and the “announcement” from the Sun (Toronto Sun, I presume).

    And by the way, the Quebec and Vancouver franchises still have not confirmed where they’ll be playing, according to HN. The Nordiks are listed as playing out of the Colisée Pepsi, and the Breakers are listed as playing at GM Place. Yeah, sure. The Canucks parent company, Orca Bay, are just gonna hand over the keys while the NHL isn’t playing. Better check out the PNE.

  31. TheCoach says:

    If I’m Crosby, I sign. In the contract offered, there is a clause that says that if the league does not get off the ground, he gets a 2 million dollar buyout.

    Honestly, the longest this league will last is a year, and if the NHL starts on time, it won’t even start.

    You take the deal, play for at most a year, and then move to the NHL.

    He really can’t accomplish anymore in the Q, and he won’t improve playing with Junior players again.

    Take the money and run.

  32. DarkPhoenix says:

    Nice massive generalization, as usual.

  33. DarkPhoenix says:

    No one except Rangers fans want Crosby to go to New York. Why should they get him because of Dolan’s idiocy?

  34. PayUpSucka says:

    He turned it down.

  35. eagle29 says:

    There is no Vancouver team because that franchise was awarded to Dallas.

  36. NYRules says:

    Thats not true, most people want him in NY, even people who hate the rangers. And it is true it would be great for the league if he did go there. The league needs the Rangers to do good as they are among the most popular annd highest marketing teams in the league. And bringing the “next big thing” into the worlds biggest city could really draw a lot of attention to the league.

  37. ShadysBackRJ says:

    Does anyone know what happens with the NHL draft,if there is no season?

    Would that mean that Crosby is up for grabs from all thirty teams? Or would they use past records and stats to diside draft positions.

  38. Aetherial says:

    Crosby turned the offer down. He did not sign.

  39. rojoke says:

    They listed both franchises in the article. Vancouver was the one that was initially listed as the Founders franchise, while Dallas was always Dallas. I thought that the Founders franchise was supposed to be in Calgary, as a group there was supposed to purchase two Florida-based teams that had played in a minor league. One team was supposed to remain in Florida, while the other would have moved to Calgary.

  40. rojoke says:

    From a report that I saw a while ago, there would be no draft if the season is cancelled outright. The draft comes as part of the CBA, and without a CBA, there would be no draft.

    Based on that, Crosby and everyone else would be drafted in 2006. That would make the rankings really interesting come June. It would certainly make it a deeper draft.

  41. Kraut182 says:

    I’m quite certain that the Q has “goons fresh of the bus from Fin Flan (Flin Flon?) or Moose Factory” too. And if one of them gets a hold of Crosby or if some routine play results in a major injury Crosby’s career can end just the same playing juniors. The difference in signing with the WHA is that he could walk away from his hockey career with a good chunk of money to his name should this happen.

    That being said I can understand why he’s saying no to the WHA and I just hope for Crosby that hindsight isn’t 20/20.

  42. DarkPhoenix says:

    Same thing if he went to Toronto, yet I don’t see anyone suggesting we do that.

    Personally, I would have signed the contract and played. Then he could have become a UFA.

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