Henrik Zetterberg is scheduled to make $7 million in base salary in 2017-18, which is down $500,000 from the base salary he’s made in the last four seasons. After that, it’s a slippery slope for his 12-year, $73-million contract he signed with the Detroit Red Wings in 2009. Zetterberg will be 40 by the time it wraps up.
Jordan Eberle had a difficult season at times in 2016-17. You can understand why having a skilled winger to perhaps play alongside center John Tavares — at least that’s the expectation prior to training camp — would be intriguing for head coach Doug Weight as the new season approaches. “Jordan, to me, is really, really exciting,” Weight recently told the NHL Network.
Many mainstream analysts considered the Coyotes a disaster after head coach Dave Tippett parted ways with the organization. However, wunderkind general manager John Chayka masterfully maneuvered his roster into a respectable, veteran-filled team. Bringing in Niklas Hjalmarsson from Chicago for bottom-pair defenseman Connor Murphy and prospect Laurent Dauphin was a much-needed deal bringing a proven winner with excellent puck-possession skills to a talented backend, including Oliver Ekman-Larsson and 19-year-old Jakob Chychrun. Offensively, trading for center Derek Stepan gives new coach Rick Tocchet a top-line player up the middle. Meanwhile, the likes of Clayton Keller, Max Domi, Dylan Strome