Sedins reportedly want 63M-12 year deal... similar to Zetterberg's deal
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06-18-2009, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by
nuckfan in TO
I asked this question on the Canucks board as well, but will ask here too - why is Detroit getting all the recognition for these types of contracts, when they weren't even the first ones to do it in the NHL?
This basically all started with Zetterberg's and Franzen's deal... the deals they made prior that (Datsyuk for example) didn't have this same extended length for lower cap hit idea.
But even before Detroit, these deals were signed by other players... Briere and Richards in Philly have low salaries at the end of their deals to lower the overall cap hit... Lecavalier makes just $1.5mill and $1mill in the last 2 yrs of his deal to lower his cap hit... Jersey signed Elias to a huge discount (at the time) with a $6mill cap hit as well... DiPietro was given a 15yr deal to keep his cap hit down to $4.5mill through the life of that deal.
Detroit isn't the first team to come up with these extended contracts, but seem to be getting all the recognition for it? Guess it's the benefits of being recognized as the best franchise in the league, but this is not a Detroit innovation - there have been similar contracts signed by other teams that have the same type of logic behind it, yet, it's not those teams getting credit for being innovative, it's Detroit's strategy somehow that other teams are following??
It's because Detroit has been a lot more successful lately.
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