Pay-Cut for Stevie (Y) Franchise?

I saw this on Fox Sports News in Detroit tonight:

Apparently, when a Detroit front-office exec was asked about the progress of the free agent signings the exec stated that Yzerman would have to take a paycut in order sign Fedorov and McCarty. They simply don’t have the funds to sign all three of them at their asking prices.

Big problem with the above statement: They forgot to tell Yzerman about it first. He found out through the media. A major slap in the face to the captain. What will Stevie do now? Will he take the cut? Will he retire?

What it comes down to is this: Who do the Wings want, Yzerman or Fedorov?

As a Wings fan, I would take Yzerman over Sirgay any day of the week……and twice on Sunday. Obviously, there is concern over Steve’s knee, but I would be more worried about Fedorov’s erratic play and his invisibility in the Playoffs last year. Here is what the Wings need to do:

1: Do whatever it takes to resign and appease Steve. Give him 8 mil a year and a tossed salad with the syrup.

2: Give Mac 2.5 a year for 3 years. It’s a bargain compared to what that hack Lapointe is making.

3:Let Fedorov test the waters and see what other teams will actually pay him 11 mil a year. When he gets no offers, offer him 8 mil a year when he comes crawling back. After that, put him in a pit “Lambs” style and make him put lotion on his skin until he realizes what he did wrong.

Fedorov or Yzerman is what it comes down to….what do you do?

5 Responses to Pay-Cut for Stevie (Y) Franchise?

  1. matteo says:

    Maybe it’s just me but that (Y) reminds me of a vagina…..a bearded clam if you will.

    SCTP – We eat at the Y

  2. Freeze says:

    Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News had this to write about Yzerman and company:

    “DETROIT — Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch isn’t satisfied with having won three Stanley Cups.

    Ilitch, who on Wednesday was selected for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, said the Wings will be aggressive in re-signing unrestricted free agents Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Darren McCarty and Igor Larionov.

    “We’re going to make every effort,” said Ilitch, who has been among hockey’s free spenders while making the Red Wings perennial contenders for the Stanley Cup.

    “If there’s a commitment on their end to stay here, we’ll make the same commitment,” he said.

    But, if the Wings are unable to secure their own free agents, Ilitch said the Wings will be active in trying to replace whomever they lose.

    “It depends on what happens,” he said. “We’ll do what we have to do to stay at that level (of success).

    “We talk about that every day, about how to keep the good chemistry, and keeping this team competitive, all the time. The support we’ve received from the fans is truly humbling. We want to keep this thing going.”

    Earlier this season, Fedorov turned down a five-year, $50 million deal from the Wings. After ths season, he declined a four-year contract for approximately $40 million from the team.

    Fedorov and McCarty are expected to test the free-agent market beginning July 1.

    Yzerman, the longest-serving captain in NHL history, is seeking a deal close to the $8 million he made this season. The Wings reportedly are interested in lowering his base salary.

    Ilitch said Yzerman, heading into his 21st season with the Wings, will be handled with respect.

    “Steve is very, very special,” Ilitch said. “We’ve got to make sure that the situation is handled properly. If I have to step in, I certainly will. We owe a lot to Steve. We’ve got to get things worked out. Without Steve, everybody knows we wouldn’t have won those Cups.”

    Ilitch said the Wings’ veteran leadership, headed by Yzerman, has been the key to the team’s ability to win three Stanley Cups since 1997.

    “They hold guys accountable,” Ilitch said.

    The Wings, who were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Mighty Ducks, had the second-highest payroll in the league at $68 million. They expect to be right around that figure again next season.

    Ilitch has been willing to spend aggressively to field one of the best teams in the league in recent seasons.

    Two summers ago, the Wings acquired goalie Dominik Hasek and signed free agents Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille to a team that went on to win the Stanley Cup in 2002.

    “That may have been the most enjoyable of the three Cups we won,” Ilitch said. “Dominik was such an incredible goalie. He made saves in the playoffs I just hadn’t seen before.”

    Last summer, the Wings signed free-agent goalie Curtis Joseph to replace Hasek, who retired.

    If Fedorov were to leave, there is speculation that the Wings could go after Stars free-agent defenseman Derian Hatcher, a Sterling Heights native.”

  3. JeffBurnz09 says:

    If Yzerman is only going to play one more year, why don’t they just try to work out a deal where he’ll make a low base salary (3 or 4 million) and then maybe he’ll get paid after his retirement for make up for the rest of the 8 million he wants. Just give him a lower salary this year to keep the budget down low, and then throw him some money after he retires out of appriciation for what he’s done for the team.

  4. wrightstuff77 says:

    I agree keep Stevie Wonder and let Federov go, nobody is going to give him 10 mil when next season may not happen.

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