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Henrik Zetterberg Hints at Retirement in Two Years; Admits Trying to Fool the System

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Detroit ? When Henrik Zetterberg signed a 12-year contract, the idea of him completing it seemed far-fetched.


Now, even Zetterberg admits it may not happen.


Zetterberg, who?ll turn 37 four days after the Red Wings? season begins, told a Swedish radio station he?ll likely play two more years ?although he?s signed through the 2020-21 season.


Translated from the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, Zetterberg said ?the only reason why we wrote such a long contact was because of the payroll. It is quite obvious that you try to fool the system. Actually, I may have two years left, but I have also learned to take one year at a time. But I will probably not play until then (2020-21 season, when the contract expires).?




According to the Detroit News, the Red Wings would be on the hook for ?a recapture penalty of roughly $5.5 million per the final two seasons? if Zetterberg were to follow through on this. But then they could always stick him on long-term injured reserve with a bad back or some such, thereby avoiding such a penalty as Zetterberg unofficially retires.



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