Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 03/23/09 at 05:13 AM ET
We’ve all seen how contract negotiations go in Tick Tock’s world. The order of things has become almost standard by now. A little chatter…followed by a period of silence…then a few surprise quotes from an agent or the player himself…a few hints dropped to an eager Digger. Then all of a sudden a Wing press conference is called and the next thing you know old Jed’s a millionaire in red and white for 8 years at 6.5 mil/per.
And here we go. Hossa’s talking and he’s not being too subtle about it.
“To be able to stay as a Red Wing, I am prepared to take less money, but a fair deal, so both sides are happy. That’s what I’m looking for. I know if I go somewhere else, I could have more, but I’m willing to take less to stay here. Hopefully things work out.”
“I could be somewhere else, you know, but I came here because I like everything and I want to be a part of it,” Hossa said. “And that’s why I want to still be a Red Wing and stay here.”
Dave Dye’s got a little on it too and expands the discussion a bit.
The real difference is the salaries. Datsyuk’s cap hit next season is $6.7 million and Zetterberg’s is around $6.1 million.
Crosby and Malkin will be at $8.7 million each next season.
That leaves the two Wings’ stars with $12.8 million combined cap hits to $17.4 million for the Penguins’ duo.
Crosby and Malkin are considerably younger. Datsyuk and Zetterberg are better at both ends of the ice.
Comparing their value to their teams is a conversation ripe for bias…until you look at the money. In today’s NHL, what GM would rather have Crosby and Malkin for more than 17 million per season over our guys for less than 13?
Table that answer. Delay it until July. If Hossa signs, Franzen signs and Hudler stays? Then tell me which pair of superstars is more valuable, and take into consideration which pair took a lot less to stay where they are.
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