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Updated 1223 with a reminder of Z’s stance back in ‘07, and the latest speculation (not from the Diggers, naturally) from the middle of last month at The Hockey News.
Stress Train.  Boarding.  Now.

If you’ve seen this, sorry. I hadn’t until just now.  Looking over this Elliotte Friedman blog post, kinda grinning over the fact that the Pens are screwed due to the Cap…and I came to this.  I’m not grinning anymore.

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.)

Anybody seen anything about that up to this point?

Diggers?  Do you even go to frigging WORK any more?  Seriously.

Let me see what I can track down, but that’s a start-rocking-in-a-puddle-of-your-own-feces kind of statement right there.

Ken Campbell had this to say about a month ago at the Hockey News,

It’s believed Zetterberg is seeking a deal somewhere in the $66 million range for eight years, which would average about $8.25 million per season. It’s thought Holland would also like to sign Zetterberg to a deal in the seven- to 10-year range and doesn’t mind paying a salary in the $8 million range for the first half of the deal, but would like to see the salary reduced in the final years of the deal when Zetterberg will be in his late 30s.

Several comments below injecting plenty of common sense, which I don’t appreciate one bit.

Ten years?  A lot of term for anyone, much less a player with documented back issues.  The money?  Understandable that he wouldn’t want to be tied, again, to a salary that will probably be less than he’s worth in a matter of a few years.

Still…I keep going back to July of 2007 and statements like these, courtesy of George Malik:

Forward Henrik Zetterberg told Sports Express, the Swedish sports daily, if the Wings want to sign him to a long-term contract, he’s ready.
“I’ll sign a contract for the rest of my career,” he said.

Zetterberg was interviewed in Sundsvall, where he lives in the off-season (Timra, where Zetterberg played in the Swedish Elite League, is about 10 miles north of Sundsvall), and the interviewer spends most of the article talking about Zetterberg’s relationship with Swedish singer/actress/TV personality Emma Andersson, who Zetterberg says: 1) is not expecting; and 2) will come to Detroit this fall as he has a 5,000-square-foot home in Birmingham.

Thomas Pettersson: One thing is in all safe: [should a] small mini-Zäta [emerge, she] waits an American growth.
Henrik Zetterberg: Only Detroit want [to sign with] for the rest of [my] career, says Zetterberg.

Pettersson: Next summer waits new salary negotiations with Detroit. [Guesses] Zetterbergs [$2.6 million USD] per season is changed to about [$7.4 million USD].

Zetterberg: We may well see what [follows]. But I cannot complain on what I [earn] today.

Pettersson: Sometimes one almost [feels] that you are ashamed for your salary account.

Zetterberg: That [I do] not. But feel a little…[Uncomfortable] when [it’s] pointed out that I am “underpaid.”

Understand that negotiation is just that, and it’s probably going on as we speak and it’s probably reaching a conclusion and Hank’s probably caving where he needs to, and so is Tick Tock.

But, a rejection of any contract offer…one that is made public, is a little disturbing. 

Rest of your career Hank. You said it.  For peanuts? Hell no.  But…well, I’m just sayin’.

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