According to the post-game FSDetroit television coverage, the Detroit Red Wings will sign forward Henrik Zetterberg to a long-term contract tomorrow that will make him a Wing for life. Apparently, there is a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow but no details have been released yet.
Speaking of Zetterberg, he left for the locker room during the first period and did not return to the game due to back spasms. His back has been a problem for him over the years and it's a bummer to see it bugging him this much despite getting some time off due to the All-Star break.
Update: Ansar Khan at MLive.com is reporting that it will be a 12-year deal valued at $72 million. By adding two years to the contract for just $1 million each, the Wings were able to get the cap hit to be just over $6 million per year, which is fabulous news for Wings fans worried about how Holland is going to re-sign everybody. I still don't see a way he can keep Franzen and Hossa, but the $6 million versus the expected $7 million per year will certainly help negotiations from Holland's perspective.
The club issued a press release Wednesday night stating that team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, general manager Ken Holland, vice-president Steve Yzerman, coach Mike Babcock and Zetterberg will attend the news conference.