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In Topic: Hossa's agent weighs in on Zetterberg deal

28 January 2009 - 10:42 PM

QUOTE (Icesurfer @ January 28, 2009 - 10:09PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If the salary cap stays the same for next year the Wings have 14.958 million to replace the 8 expiring contracts. (Z, Hossa, Franzen, Sammy, Hudler, Chelios, Kopecky, & Conklin)

Here are 2 scenarios for keeping Hossa OR keeping Franzen and Hudler without trading away Filppula or other bigger contracts.

Scenario 1: NO HOSSA OR SAMMY (In millions): Franzen & Hudler would also have to take a home team discount:

6.08 - Zetterberg

1.8 - Hudler

0.6 - Helm

0.875 - Leino (RFA – not signed yet)

3.4 - Franzen

0.716 – Howard or other backup goalie

0.525 - Kopecky

0.9 - Ericsson (Lebda and Meech on the bench, Chelios retires to bench coach)


14.896 mil = TOTAL


6.08 - Z

6.0 – Hossa (similar creative deal like Z's)

0.6 - Helm

0.875 - Leino

1.2 - Sammy (if he comes back for same salary)

0.716 – Howard or other backup

0.525 – Kopecky


15.996 mil = TOTAL (salary cap would have to increase by about $1 mil)

Can’t afford 8 defencemen (If Ericsson will be with Wings Lilja will have to be traded, Chelios retires. Ericsson is .30 less than Lilja) Only Meech on the bench.

So based on which way the Wings choose to go I don't think they will be signing any more players until they know what the salary cap will be. There is NO way the Wings can sign both Hossa and Franzen unless they trade away some big contracts like Filppula and someone else.

Hudler at 1.8a year is a pipe dream from the late 60's or early 70's.

In Topic: Zetterberg Extension: 12 years, $73 million

28 January 2009 - 12:42 AM

Yes best news in awhile Z for 12 years at 6 per year . Now get Hossa and Hudler and then go for Franzen as I think he will play hardball with the Wings. Kenny I know your the best in the NHL now for sure.

In Topic: SEL Prospects 2008/2009

25 January 2009 - 02:41 PM

Systemfel is there anything that you can tell us about Nyquist who is playing in the USA for Maine from when he was in Sweden. He seems to be doing very well here and I was just wondering if you knew what he was like there before he left.

In Topic: Gustav Nyquist

25 January 2009 - 02:31 PM

I have the Maine Black Bears website in my Favorites and I am constantly looking at what this young man is doing and from what I can gather I really think that the wings have another GEM in this fellow. He now has 20 points in 23 games and leads the team.

In Topic: Ovechkin=NHL's Real Ambassador

25 January 2009 - 02:23 PM

QUOTE (RedWingAbner @ January 25, 2009 - 02:17PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
The NHL is missing out on a golden opportunity.

Instead of the short stupid one's obsession with Cindy, why is the NHL not pumping Ovechkin as the savior of this sport?


1) People get more excited about goals than assists. No offense to the great passers, but people don't sing about Gretzky's 160+ in a season. It's a great accomplishment. But, the refrain is always "92 won't be touched" or "he's not close to the pace to shatter Gretzky's 92, but he'll end up in the high 50's or 60's.

Ovechkin scores goals. More importantly, Ovechkin scores goals-- and loves it.

Crosby's goal totals: 39-36-24-17* (as of 1/25)
Ovechkin's goal totals: 52-46-65-31* (as of 1/25)

2) Ovechkin is a better offensive talent. Crosby tore it up in the Q. Woopee. In the NHL, he's an elite talent, but not the best offensive force in the game. He is not even the best talent on his team (Malkin). Ovechkin, on the other hand, was not joined by an all-star talent in Washington until Semin broke out.

3) Ovechkin is a showman. He can sell the game in two languages; his ability to win a crowd is amazing. Crosby is a milktoast, canned response pansy. You know what happens when someone interviews Ovechkin? I watch. I usually end up laughing a few times. You know what happens when someone interviews Crosby? I pause it after questions and can predict his response, verbatim.

4) Country of origin is no longer a major concern. The NHL used to be a North American league, and that's why Crosby is being pushed. Newsflash: The NHL has players from major powers (Canada, US, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, Slovakia) and is growing in non-traditional talent (players from Austria, Switzerland, France, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, to name some). Ovechkin is a guy that we can trot out around the world and sell the NHL as a truly international product. Crosby is boring in every language.

5) Ovechkin likes chicks. Crosby....doubtful. (Just kidding....maybe)

I totally agree that Ovechkin is the the one that should be showcased but in the world of Canada or TSN there is only Sid Crosby. The kid has talent but he needs a major slap to the head from his landlord to shut up and to become a man and be gracious when spoken to. Cindy if you would quit the whinning maybe more people would see that you do have talent.