What’s the Deal with NHL Contracts?

Are we really at the point now where people care so little about professional hockey that one of the more outrageous occurances in sports don’t even get covered any more?

It’s being reported that Henrik Zetterberg, the 28-year old Detroit Red Wings player is going to sign a 12-year $72 million contract. Zetterberg was last year’s Conn Smythe winner (for those who don’t know, that’s Playoffs MVP) and is generally a fantastic player. But really, 12 years??

In 2006 the Islanders signed goalie Rick DiPietro to a 15-year $67.5 million contract! And in 2001 the Islanders signed Alexei Yashin to a 10-year $87.5 million deal. I don’t know enough about or follow hockey closely enough to know more examples.

Can you imagine a 10 to 15-year contract in any other sport? It’s hilarious and fantastic at the same time. It could also be devastating if that player either doesn’t pan out or gets injured. But why isn’t this looked on with more fascination around the sports media world? I guess A-Rod (or should we say A-Fraud now?) got a 10-year deal, but that is super rare.

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