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01-11-2009, 03:49 PM
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Zetterberg ISN'T an elite center without Datsyuk on his wing. Its that simple. Sure, any player could take a $9 million dollar a year contract from LA, it doesn't mean they're worth it.

Z is currently currently..

8 points back from Datsyuk.
8 points back from Iginla
10 points back from Thornton

All three signed for less than $7. Two of them were considered "Elite" players before signing, all three took discounts to stay with their teams.

15 points back from Ovechkin
16 points back from Crosby
26 points back from Malkin

All three players make over $8.5 million per season.

Now all of these contracts were signed within the last two seasons, so stop acting like we're comparing different eras. The economy is in the *******, everyone knows it. The league is at risk of losing teams.

Most people would put Zetterberg behind Iginla, Thornton and Datsyuk. So he has no business being paid like Crosby, Malkin or Ovechkin.

This has nothing to do with "Inflation" or even Market Value. The first three players I listed took well less than market value. They all could have signed deals with LA or any other terrible team for tons of cash. On the other hand, they took major discounts for the betterment of the team.

Datsyuk's playoff slump has nothing to do with it. With the way GMs were handing out contracts in 2006, he would have been a Flyer making nine mill a season, instead of Briere.

Everyone recognizes Datsyuk as the better player, its completely unnecessary for Zetterberg to be paid more.

PS: Gaborik could be signed to an incentive based deal.


This thread is a perfect example of the one flaw of the Wings management and fans. They're too loyal.

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