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Zetterberg Signing Gives Wings Some Flexibility

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Columns at CBC,

They’ve taken a critical step toward that goal. On Wednesday afternoon, the Wings will announce that Henrik Zetterberg signed a 12-year deal worth approximately $72 million US. That will put the annual cap hit at $6 million for the length of the deal, phenomenal for a player of Zetterberg’s ability.

(Sources say it is front-loaded in the model of the Vincent Lecavalier and Daniel Briere deals, but I don’t have the breakdown.)

What’s best for Wings fans is that it leaves some flexibility for Holland to deal with his remaining big guys — Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen, and Jiri Hudler. Detroit has 15 players on its current roster signed for $47 million in 2009-10, meaning Holland could have anywhere from $6-8 million to play with (assuming a cap of $53-$55 million).

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