Around the Rink – March 5 Edition

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The Detroit Red Wings look to rebound tonight against the Nashville Predators and pick up some points in what is a very important game with regards to the standings. Their Central Division foes currently sit three points above the Wings as the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference standings. Netminder Jimmy Howard will get the start in goal. The only change in the lineup tonight will be swapping defenseman Brett Lebda in for Jonathan Ericsson.

Trade Deadline Update

  • On Wednesday, the Wings made two minor moves before the 3 p.m. EST trade deadline.
  • First, the Wings swapped forward Kris Newbury for Jordan Owens of the N.Y. Rangers.
  • Later in the day, Detroit traded Griffins’ defenseman Andy Delmore to Calgary for right wing Riley Armstrong.
  • Both trades were with AHL players and done with the hopes of sparking the Griffins, according to The Grand Rapids Press.
  • Babcock’s Death Stare reacted to the Wings’ trade.

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One Response to Around the Rink – March 5 Edition

  1. Is Zetterberg Overpaid?

    At a salary cap hit of 6.08 million dollars a year, are the Detroit Red Wings over-paying Henrik Zetterberg? The question has come up a lot recently in blogs and forums. With the Wings barely holding onto the 8th and final playoff position in the Western Conference, fans and critics are looking at Zetterberg and Datsyuk to “earn their paychecks” and carry the team into the post-season.
    Let me start by saying that Datsyuk and Zetterberg lead the team in goals and points. Datsyuk has 17 goals/ 52 points in 61 games (.85 points per game.) Zetterberg has 17 goals/ 50 points in 55 games (.91 points per game.) Datsyuk is well off of his career .98 points per game average. Z is only .02 off of his career .93 points per game. While Henrik is on pace for just 22 goals, 44 assists, and 66 points in 74 games, his career average is only 29 goals, 36 assists, and 65 points a season. So, the perceived drop-off is based on expectations set by Zetterberg’s performances in the 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons.
    It’s pretty fair to say higher expectations were set when Detroit signed Hank to a 12-year/ 73 million dollar contract last year. Everyone expects Zetterberg to get 30+ goals and 75+ points a year. Based on these expectations, he isn’t producing what they are paying him for. But, is he really overpaid?
    To answer the question I decided to do some research. I took a list of the top 50 points leaders amongst NHL forwards so far this season and merged it with a list of the top 50 highest paid (salary cap hit) NHL forwards this year. It ends up being a list of 80 forwards. I wanted to see how much money these guys were making per point. The average dollars per point equals $105,000. Amazing how much these guys are getting paid!
    Zetterberg is the 28th highest paid per point at $122,000. So, he is paid more than the average. That being said, Z’s .91 points per game is better than 28 of the 52 forwards that get paid less per point. So, on the average, Henrik gets paid about the same as other elite players producing the same as him.

    Zetteberg’s $ per point is comparable to: Jerome Iginla, Jason Pominville, Jason Arnott, and Andy McDonald. Z’s points-per-game is better than all of them.

    Zetterberg’s 50 points are equal to: Stephen Weiss, Bobby Ryan, Jussi Jokinen, and Maxim Afinogenov. Z’s points-per-game is better than all of them.

    Zetterberg’s .91 points-per-game is comparable to: Marian Hossa, Paul Stastny, Nik Antropov, Vinny Lecavalier, and Jarome Iginla. Z’s $-per-point is better than Hossa, Lecavalier, and Iginla.

    Zetterberg has the 24th highest salary cap hit amongst NHL forwards. He is getting paid less-per-point than eleven players who earn more per year.

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