What’s the Deal with NHL Contracts?

January 28, 2009

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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Hockey Started?

October 6, 2008

So apparently the NHL season started over the weekend with four games, two in Stockholm and two in Prague. I kind of like that idea, especially since there are so many eastern and northern Europeans who fill the rosters of NHL teams. But the weird this is, these weren’t exhibition games. They actually counted, meaning the season has started. What? That also means that the NBA is not far off, which is equally weird. College basketball will be having midnight madness (or equivalent nomenclature) pretty soon, too. Again, what?

Maybe it’s not still 85 degrees everywhere else, but it is here in Columbia. It is totally bizarre that the NHL and NBA get started so early. This blog is only six months old and the NHL/NBA playoffs really hadn’t even started when we began. They really get a three month off-season.

Anyway, there will not be much by way of hockey coverage on this blog (unless I end up moving to Anchorage in the spring) but it was such a surprising revelation to me that I felt it was necessary to comment. This is a blog after all.