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Zetterberg Declines Massive Contract From Red Wings

by: AnthonyP On  Sunday, January 18, 2009

Henrik ZetterbergTotal Pro Sports – Henrik Zetterberg denied reports that he declined a 10 year, $75 million contract from the Detroit Red Wings. The report came from Elliotte Friedman at the CBC.

Zetterberg will become a free agent at seasons end and will demand a larger contract. He currently makes $2,900,000 and is on pace for another great season where he will reach the 80 plus point mark. To put his contract into perspective he is currently on the same pay level on his Red Wings team as Daniel Cleary, Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall, and Brad Stuart.

Even Detroit, the model franchise when it comes to drafting, developing and getting players to take hometown discounts, has team-altering decisions to make. Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler (restricted) are all up, and Zetterberg is testing the Red Wings’ limits. (They gave Hossa a one-year deal equal to Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million, and a 10-year, $75 million offer to Zetterberg has apparently been rejected.)

The Red Wings may have a difficult time competing in the bidding war, it will be interesting to see if Zetterberg will be willing to take a pay cut and stay in Detroit. Last years Conn Smythe Trophy winner and Stanley Cup Champion has flourished in his 6 years in Detroit.

Is Henrik Zetterberg holding out for more money or is he just waiting for the season to finish and then resign with the Red Wings?

We have heard rumors that he may have interest in joining a team in the Eastern Conference such as the New York Rangers or the Toronto Maple Leafs.  These rumors have yet to be confirmed.

Henrik Zetterberg in our eyes is a top 5 forward in the NHL and definitely deserves top dollars.  $7.5 million a season offered by the Wings is alot of money, but if he knows he can get more then he should listen to all offers.




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