Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg to play in Switzerland
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) – After weeks of pondering, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg finally decided to play overseas, signing with EV Zug of Switzerland’s National League A.
“I think, like I was saying before, I wanted to wait a little bit before I went and played overseas. But in the last few weeks, the indication is it’s going to get tougher and tougher to get spots over there, especially with the contract I have and insurance costs,” Zetterberg explained.
Before accepting the offer to play for Zug, Zetterberg also considered returning to the Timra Red Eagles, his former club in Sweden where he saw action during the 2004-05 lockout.
However, Zetterberg was taken aback by the heavy insurance cost of his $50 million contract with the Red Wings, forcing him to look for another place in Europe where insurance and taxes are reasonable.
“I got an offer last Friday from Zug, looked into it a little bit, talked to a few players who played in Zug in Switzerland,” said Zetterberg, who will leave for Switzerland Friday. “They said it was a great place to be at and play some hockey.”
With Red Wings teammate Damien Brunner already on board with the Zug, Zetterberg will have an easier time adjusting to a new environment.
Last season, Zetterberg scored 22 points and issued 47 assists for 69 points.