Who Should Your Team Sign Till 2021?

CodyContributor IFebruary 4, 2009


Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg, who signed a 12-year $73 million dollar deal, is now the third player to be signed until the 2021 NHL season, joining Islanders Rick DiPietro, and Capitals Alex Ovechkin. DiPietro was the first to start what seems to be a possible trend when he signed the longest contract in NHL History, with a 15-year $67.5 million deal. The Capitals followed suite in 2008, locking up "The Great 8" with a 13-year, $124 million contract.

Now the question is: who is next? Here's a thought for each team on what player they should lock up for the next 12 years, and how old that player will be in 2021.

Atlanta Thrashers: W Ilya Kovalchuk; 37 Years Old

Carolina Hurricanes: G Cam Ward; 36 Years Old

Florida Panthers: LW David Booth; 36 Years Old

Tampa Bay Lightning: C Steven Stamkos; 30 Years Old

Washington Capitals: C Nicklas Backstrom; 33 Years Old

New Jersey Devils: LW Zach Parise; 36 Years Old

New York Islanders: RW Kyle Okposo; 32 Years Old

New York Rangers: RW Nikolai Zherdev; 36 Years Old

Philadelphia Flyers: C Jeff Carter; 36 Years Old

Pittsburgh Penguins: C Evgeni Malkin; 34 Years Old

Boston Bruins: RW Phil Kessel; 33 Years Old

Buffalo Sabres: LW Thomas Vanek; 37 Years Old

Montreal Candiens: G Carey Price; 33 Years Old

Ottawa Senators: C Jason Spezza; 37 Years Old

Toronto Maple Leafs: C Matt Stajan; 37 Years Old

Chicago Blackhawks: RW Patrick Kane; 32 Years Old

Columbus Blue Jackets: G Steve Mason; 32 Years Old

Detroit Red Wings: D Niklas Kronwall; 40 Years Old

Nashville Predators: D Shea Weber; 35 Years Old

St. Louis Blues: C Patrik Berglund; 32 Years Old

Calgary Flames: D Dion Phaneuf; 35 Years Old

Colorado Avalanche: LW Wojtek Wolski; 34 Years Old

Edmonton Oilers: RW Ales Hemskey; 37 Years Old

Minnesota Wild: C Mikko Koivu; 37 Years Old

Vancouver Canucks: D Kevin Bieksa; 39 Years Old

Anaheim Ducks: C Ryan Getzlaf; 35 Years Old

Dallas Stars: LW Loui Eriksson; 35 Years Old

Los Angeles Kings: C Anze Kopitar; 33 Years Old

Phoenix Coyotes: Coach Wanye Gretzky; 60 Years Old

San Jose Sharks: RW Devin Setoguchi; 34 years Old


That'll do it; I tried focusing on a solid young player that is already helping their respective team and will continue to do it for years.