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."