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If the Wings stand pat we'll be well on our way to acquiring a replacement for Lidstrom... Seth Jones!!!</p></blockquote>
They (players) are looking for a new 5 year deal. (This is completly BS - they should more look at 10 years). According to Fehr (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=409972), the gap is about $180 millions.
Now, let's divide the gap ($180 mil.) with 5 (years new deal) it's a differential of $36 millions per year.
There are approx. 700 players in NHL, let's divide $36 millions by 700, we have a differential of $51 428,00 per player/per year.
Average salary in NHL is about $2.4 millions (http://ca.sports.yah...ug=ycn-10423863) so I guess that $51 428,00 (a little bit more than 2% of their respective salary) is not that big deal... but then again, I'm just a hockey fan... who cares about hockey fans today?