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.
Evgeni Malkin shared some interesting observations with Sports-Express’ Igor Eronko this weekend, including that he believes that the Pittsburgh Penguins “have all the tools” to win a third Stanley Cup in a row. Quite reasonably, Malkin notes that the team kept its core intact. Of course, Malkin and Sidney Crosby are still the catalysts for the Penguins, so it’s always fun to come across the latest observations from the Russian star.
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.