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08:28 AM ET 11.16 | Having earned nearly $50 million in his career, Sidney Crosby can afford to miss a few pay days. NHL players missed their third paycheck of the season today, and have little reason to expect that No. 4 will show up on the 30th, either. ... Crosby went on to note that, "There are lots of people who are far worse off than we are" while conceding that even some of his colleagues have had to rein in their spending a bit. Fourth-line center Joe Vitale, who was scheduled to earn the league minimum of $525,000 in 2012-13, is one of those. Not that Vitale asks for, let alone expects, sympathy from fans whose earnings are dwarfed by his. "You just obviously have to prioritize a little better, as far as getting the on-sale bread instead of the whole-grain."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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November 16, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Crosby earns more than the 4th line center?

Are you Sh---ting me?

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November 16, 2012  09:24 AM ET

with Spam at the ludicrous all time high of 4 bucks a can i fear for his ability to get his protein

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November 16, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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525 grand for the league minimum, boy these players sure have it rough.

You can help Rex.

November 16, 2012  09:45 AM ET

"Fourth-line center Joe Vitale, who was scheduled to earn the league minimum of $525,000 in 2012-13, is one of those."

Yep. Those are the people getting hurt by the Fehrer's tactics. What good ol' Joe makes is just pocket change compared to the Crosbys of the NHL. Still, I bety you anything player like Joe would rather play hockey for a little less than pump gas or stuff burritos at Taco Bell.

November 16, 2012  09:47 AM ET

Still, I bety = Still, I bet (I know you freaking morons would never figure it out by yourselves without another cup of coffee!) :-)

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November 16, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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Still, I bety = Still, I bet (I know you freaking morons would never figure it out by yourselves without another cup of coffee!) :-)

Just as long as you're not still Peggy it's all good Roamer. :-)

November 16, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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Damn, I thought you changed your name to Betty for a minute there ;)

:-)

November 16, 2012  10:00 AM ET
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Just as long as you're not still Peggy it's all good Roamer. :-)

:-) :-)

November 16, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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Crosby earns more than the 4th line center?Are you Sh---ting me?

Indeed, how it boggles the mind!

November 16, 2012  10:05 AM ET
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Crosby earns more than the 4th line center? Are you Sh---ting me?

Pure genius, aren't they.

November 16, 2012  10:13 AM ET
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525 grand for the league minimum, boy these players sure have it rough.

Well...at least they all will fall under the Obama tax hikes...Which I'm surprised the Fuhr hasn't put forward into one of 'his' proposals should it come to pass.
F the Union.
Players are stupid.
Keep tweeting...just like that idiot Nik Lewis from the Stamps.

November 16, 2012  10:21 AM ET

The only comment that should come from the players regarding salary is "No comment". If they haven't saved up for times like this (a union responsibility, btw) too bad for them.

November 16, 2012  10:22 AM ET
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525 grand for the league minimum, boy these players sure have it rough.

With an average career length of 3-4 years, it isn't as impressive as it seems.

November 16, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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with Spam at the ludicrous all time high of 4 bucks a can i fear for his ability to get his protein

Speaking of whole wheat and spam......

My Saturday morning breakfast=3 fried eggs, spam and cheese on whole wheat toast with butter, mayo and ketchup.....

Yummmmm

November 16, 2012  10:48 AM ET

I must have read it wrong. I concluded that this meant Crosby was offering loans to regular Joe's so they wouldnt have to eat the on-sale bread

When play resumes; Joe should wife slap Crosby

 
November 16, 2012  10:56 AM ET
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Speaking of whole wheat and spam......

My Saturday morning breakfast=3 fried eggs, spam and cheese on whole wheat toast with butter, mayo and ketchup.....

Yummmmm

Reported as disgusting. ;-)

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