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No ‘Funny Stuff’ Regarding Henrik Zetterberg’s Contract

from Craig Custance of The Athletic,

...Daly said the NHL investigated the 12-year Zetterberg contract when it was signed in 2009 to get out front of any concerns.

“We wanted to understand the motivations, what was discussed, everything about that,” Daly told The Athletic. “We were ultimately very satisfied that there was no precooked deal that after ‘Year X’ he was going to leave, go into retirement and the club is going to get a benefit because of that.”

So now, nine years later, when the outside protests arise, the league has that groundwork to point to if there are any skeptics among the Red Wings’ rivals.

He also said that likely won’t be the end of the NHL’s work on this front.

“We don’t question it by any means,” Daly said of the back injury that has led to Zetterberg’s early retirement.

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About 23 Intently Staring Goalies

23 Intently Staring Goalies comes from the 23 close-up photos of goalies that used to line the walls of my office.

On the good side, it kept down interruptions, but it also made sure I had to leave my trash outside my door if I wanted it picked up.

I've been watching and analyzing goaltenders for going on 40 years. Some of that was spent drawing goalies on my grade 8 math homework. Then it was taking my card decks and printouts to Indianapolis Racer games. Luckily, the Internet took off, and by 1991 I was half of the duo that would ultimately become the Plaidworks hockey mailing lists. I wrote "Handicapping the Goalies' for the San Jose Sharks mailing list, and took a lot of photos of goalies in action. I have around 5000 slides of mostly goaltenders in action from 1989 through 2001 from the WHL, IHL and NHL. Since I've gone digital, I've added about 10,000 more images to the library. During summers and when the league went dark, I was reading through multiple SF By area news papers, tracking ice hockey from the 1917 recreational leagues up through the California Seals.

We'll be talking about goalies and goaltending. We'll talk about whats going on now, who's in the system, and when the doldrums hit, I'll haul something out of the big bag of history, or something from the photo archives. We'll talk about who's hot and why, and who's not and what they can do to get back on track. We'll take a look at the trends in scouting goalies, and why a style may work for one team but not another. I'll battle with my dictation software to get it to understand Bryzgalov and Bobrovsky.

It should be interesting--hope you want to come along for the ride!