Detroit is going to see all he has accomplished, and buyers will see age and perceived decline. I have a very hard time seeing the two sides, regardless of the suitor, agreeing on a price for this player.
Detroit values him as any team would a Conn Smythe-winning superstar. Many (and possibly all) other clubs would balk at the price. All clubs would value Zetterberg, but likely not enough to pry away the assets necessary to get it done. The gap is too wide to bridge right now.
and that's even if you ignore the strong loyalty the Wings tend have to their players which makes a trade highly unlikely at best even if the Wings were able to get what they feel is a fair return for him
Why? If we have Zetterberg either Kesler or Zetterberg will be on the 3rd line. Not to mention we need to get younger.
26 year old + 1st in a strong draft for Zetterberg does not accomplish that.
Not that I'm bashing Zetterberg or anything, just the Canucks don't need him.
Zetterberg has played LW before and is a fine playmaker, not to mention good defensively. Losing Edler sucks but Garrison makes up for that point shot on the power play. We lack goal scoring and Zetterberg would help us tremendously in that department.
If nothing else, we move Kesler to RW.
You're acting like having 3 strong centers is a bad thing. Crosby-Malkin-Staal worked out quite well. Zetterberg or Kesler can play the third line (oh yeah, our 3rd line wingers are quite potent themselves) and facilitate for their wingmates and give us 3 scoring lines, 2 of which can provide lockdown D.
What is the Sedins' current window? 3-4 years? So is Zetterberg's. Gotta win now. Edler won't exactly be the piece that keeps us competitive for 1 years.
There was a pretty credible rumor that Zets said it was him or Babcock at the end of the season. That probably has a lot to do with signing an Associate Coach (to deal with the players) rather than an assistant coach.
That said he is not going anywhere.
what? lol. where did you hear that crazy rumor? that doesn't fit with zetterberg's personality at all.