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DENIED: Hank Says He Hasn’t Rejected Jack Squat

Well, well. This day got interesting fairly quickly, eh?

I’m sure this had nothing to do with anything…but we have reaction from the Zetterberg camp.


Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg denied a report by CBC’s Elliotte Friedman claiming that he has turned down a 10-year, $75 million contract offer from the club.

“No, it’s not (accurate). Usually I don’t want to comment on that but that’s not true,’’ Zetterberg said Thursday. “I haven’t turned down an offer of $75 million.’‘

Zetterberg wouldn’t say how far apart the sides are in negotiations.

“We’re talking, as we’re getting closer and closer to the trading deadline I think the talks will increase and hopefully we can find a deal,’’ he said.


Helene’s got it too, as part of the Hahn-directed free-love among Diggers rule.

I asked Zetterberg about this today after the morning skate at Staples Center

“No,” Zetterberg said. “I haven’t turned down anything.”

Oh. Oh. Oh. And check this out. No. She. Din’t.

Undoubtedly, Zetterberg will command considerable money, but keep in mind that the Wings snagged forward Pavel Datsyuk—the more talented of the two—for $6.7 million per season.

Now…that might generate some discussion, eh?

And as for the denial from Zetterberg, here’s a reminder of what Elliotte Friedman wrote in the comments of our original post today.

I heard about that offer very early in the season. Obviously, I can’t say where it came from. However, I will say the source is someone I trust. (Believe me, you hear a lot of stuff in this league, so you have to be careful.) I can also tell you that the organization was asked about it, although politely declined to comment.

The reason I wrote “apparently rejected” is that I’m not sure the Red Wings/Zetterberg conversations have reached a stage where formal papers have been drawn up. The two sides have talked back-and-forth about what it will take, and the key here is that $7.5 million per season sounds like it might not be enough.



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