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In Topic: Any News on Zetterberg?

22 December 2008 - 12:57 AM

QUOTE (zettsyukwall415 @ December 21, 2008 - 11:07PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm not getting into this whole debate but I just had to comment on this line. Are you seriously trying to tell me that a guy who had 29 goals and 66 points had a better season than a guy who had 43 goals and 92 points?

66 points in 72 games, 60 of those games on arguably the worst team in the league. While outscoring Zetterberg in the playoffs.

Since the lockout:


274 points in 245 games, 1.12 PPG
129 goals


199 points in 186 games, .93 PPG
89 goals


305 points in 268 games, .89 PPG
107 goals

Neither Hossa or Z have played in more games or have even been as consistant as Datsyuk. While Zetterberg scores at a higher pace than either of the other two, he is still injured more frequently make him less valuable.

Datsyuk's salary sets the benchmark, if either Hossa or Z wants to make more than $6.7 million they actually have to outperform Datsyuk before its justified and since the lockout, that has yet to happen.

And this isn't about hating Zetterberg, im merely pointing out that the tired Zetterberg vs Datsyuk thing is over, its Z vs Hossa now and Hossa has been the superior player his entire career.

Loyalty goes out of the window when players start demanding a salary that they do not deserve. Since you know, Lidstrom is the best player in the world according to most of you, theres no reason for Z to make more than Nick, certainly not a million dollars more.

Hossa + Franzen > Zetterberg + Hudler

In Topic: Any News on Zetterberg?

21 December 2008 - 11:00 PM

QUOTE (RWK23 @ December 21, 2008 - 09:55PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
First off, not that this makes a huge deal, but you got Z's +/- wrong. It was actually +16, which led all playoff performers, not +11.

Second of all:
Nashville series - 6 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 points, +2, 31 SOG, 1 GWG
Colorado series - 4 GP, 5 G, 4 A, 9 points, +6, 23 SOG, 1 GWG
Dallas series - 6 GP, 4 G, 4 A, 8 points, +7, 30 SOG, 1 GWG
Pittsburgh series - 6 GP, 2 G, 4 A, 6 points, +1, 32 SOG, 1 GWG

An afterthought the first two rounds? Really?

Third of all, Henrik Zetterberg will never win a Selke? Really? The dude was a finalist last year and finished second to his teammate. That's a bold prediction with not much to back it up.

"The shift" might have clinched the Conn Smythe for Zetterberg, but it didn't win it for him. I'm not going to argue that I think he's worth 8.5 million or whatever, but I feel like the people who are brushing him off as someone who isn't an elite player are clearly forgetting about what he did for us last year. Yeah, maybe he isn't in the league of a Crosby or Malkin, but he was as good as or better than both in the postseason last year.

My opinion has nothing to do with being biased, its the fact that Zetterberg has been outperformed by Datsyuk completely during his career. Datsyuk took less than hes worth to play here and hes done everything asked of him by the organization.

Zetterberg expecting 8.5 mill, even for one season is irrational and doesn't shine well on his "Next captain" moniker.

Last season, Hossa outperformed Zetterberg and this season hes doing the same.

Last season, Datsyuk outperformed Zetterberg during the regular season and 75% of the playoffs and hes making $6.7 million, along with tons of other "Franchise players" that signed after him.

Not one person has given me a solid reason as to why Z should make anything more than $7 mill per season and "Inflation" is meaningless. Its two seasons and we're going through the worst recession in twenty years, the cap is going to decrease for at least two seasons.

Using Zetterberg's current contract to justify overpaying him now is ridiculous. He took a lengthy, terrible deal, played better than expectations and was underpaid. It could have very easily went the other way and Z could have turned into a third liner making $3 mill per season.

Its the same thing the organization did with Kronwall and is doing with Filippula. Does that mean if Flip turned into an 80 point two-way center, the team should throw $2 million per season extra at him to make up for overpaying for his services?

And Mats Sundin is worth $10 million pro-rated because hes signing with a terrible team. Hes getting paid extra to deal with the fact that hes not going to win this season. If he signed with a contender he would have dropped his price significantly.

Its a simple argument, Z vs Hossa and its an obvious choice. Everyone has been waiting years for Datsyuk to get a legitment sniper on his line, all of the pipe dreams of Kovalchuk are finally here. Hossa is good for 40, 50 and maybe 60 goals with Dats. If that means sacrificing a second line center than so be it, we have another center to take his place in Flip, who happens to be earning a second liners salary.

In Topic: Any News on Zetterberg?

21 December 2008 - 09:33 PM

QUOTE (RWK23 @ December 21, 2008 - 08:14PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yeah, six points in two games will help with that. tongue.gif

He dominated both games, what these points don't count?

Datsyuk was off to a slow start but in nearly every game, every shift he created some kind of scoring chance. Hes now leading the team in scoring, which is where everyone should expect him to be.

Hes on pace for 30 goals, 87 points and more than likely a Selke win or top three nomination.

Ive yet to see a good reason for anyone to justify Zetterberg making nearly two million more dollars per season over the teams leading scorer and reigning Selke/Byng winner, who was also second in team playoff scoring.

In Topic: Any News on Zetterberg?

21 December 2008 - 09:26 PM

QUOTE (chrisdetroit @ December 21, 2008 - 09:08PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're kidding right? Hossa or Z could easily get 9-10 mil on the open market. A 38 year old Sundin just got the equivalent of 10 mil. What makes you think that Z or Hossa in the prime of their careers couldn't get that much?

We are talking about franchise players in the prime of their careerss.

Lets talk about franchise players:

Datsyuk, Thornton, Crosby, Malkin, Iginla, Lidstrom, Luongo, Kovalchuk, Nash, Gaborik all make less than ten million dollars per season. All of the players listest besides, Crosby, Lidstrom and Malkin make $6.7 mill or less per season.

Everyone, including Zetterberg, Holland and yourself knows that the salary cap is going to decline next season and probably the one after that too.

If Z pushes for anything more than Hossa's $7.4 million hes delusional. The only thing that may justify a $8.5 million dollar pay check is:

- Finishing a full season
- Leading the team in scoring
- Winning a Selke
- Winning a Hart, Pearson, Conn Smyth(Again)

If none of those things happens, give me just one example of why Zetterberg is more valuable than Datsyuk or even Hossa.

In Topic: Any News on Zetterberg?

21 December 2008 - 09:20 PM

QUOTE (RWK23 @ December 21, 2008 - 07:37PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Uh, yeah, a lot of people would have questioned it. The Conn Smythe should almost always go to a player on the Stanley Cup-winning team unless a player on the losing team just had an unreal postseason, a la Giguere in '02. Hossa and Crosby were both good, but neither were as good as Zetterberg. Same with Datsyuk.

You actually left out the one guy who actually had a legitimate argument, IMO, and that's Chris Osgood. I'm not saying that Zetterberg is as good as Crosby, Ovechkin, or Malkin, but let's not understate what he's done.

Zetterberg had one shift, "The shift" that baised everyone towards naming him the best player in the league last season. He played well on a five on three and probably saved a goal but that was one game and one shift. He was an aferthought in the first two rounds, while Datsyuk was consistantly the Red Wings best forward during the entire playoffs.

Its the same argument as in 2002, the Smyth could have gone to Fedorov or Yzerman without question.

07-08 Playoff stats


20 games, 12 goals, 14 assists, 26 points, +8, 12 PIM, 2 GWG


22 games, 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points, +11, 16 PIM, 4 GWG


22 games, 10 goals, 13 assists, 23 points, +13, 6 PIM, 1 GWG


16 games, 13 goals, 5 assists, 18 points, +13, 14 PIM, 5 GWG


20 games, 6 goals, 21 assists, 27 points, +7, 12 PIM, 1 GWG


19 games, 14 wins, 3 shutouts, 30 GA, .930 SV%, 1.55 GA, 22 shots per game


20 games, 14 wins, 3 shutouts, 41 GA, .933 SV%, 1.97 GA, 31 shots per game

Going with purely statistics, Hossa and Crosby both outscored Zetterberg, even if they lost. Fleury faced more shots per game and had nearly similar statistics, while Osgood was playing for the best defensive team in the league.

I would then argue that the only thing that put Zetterberg ahead of the pack was his defensive play, which again, culminated during one game of the Stanley Cup finals. It was an obvious bias, especially when he didn't and will never win a Selke.

Saying that Zetterberg was head and shoulders above the rest is just wrong, any of the three (Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Franzen) could have won, along with Hossa or Crosby. Z didn't dominate in any fashion, he played well but the Conn Smyth is not indicative of overall ability.

Theres no reason that either Zetterberg or Hossa deserves more salary per season over Datsyuk or Lidstrom. Both players took pretty sizeable discounts to stay in Detroit and thats pretty much the only reason they have been successful post lockout.

If Datsyuk really wanted to cash out, he would have signed for eight million per season with Philly and Lidstrom would be making nine or ten million for the Rangers. Both players took a discount to continue winning, so I don't see how the so called "Future captain" can justify making $8.5 million a season, especially with the current economy and lowered salary cap.

If Hossa is willing to take less for the same time frame, than sign him, even if it means losing Zetterberg, its not like we don't have secondary scoring that wouldn't replace him.