No Signature on Yzerman Contract
DETROIT (AP) _ If Steve Yzerman has agreed to a long-term contract with the Detroit Red Wings, as reported, he is yet to make it formal.
``He hasn’t signed it, the deal’s not done yet,″ Red Wings spokesman John Hahn said Wednesday, adding he couldn’t anticipate when it would be finished.
Hahn said Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and Larry Kelly, Yzerman’s agent, continued to work on the contract’s details.
It appeared Yzerman has already agreed to the major details of a four-year deal. Holland earlier told newspapers that although nothing had been signed, the deal was all but done.
``We’ve agreed to everything but can’t seem to get it in writing,″ he told The Oakland Press of Pontiac.
Holland and Kelly reached agreement last week on the language for Yzerman’s marketing rights _ the last minor holdup in the contract _ after several revisions, Booth Newspapers reported Wednesday.
Under the contract, which has been in a holding pattern since February, Yzerman would receive a $1.5 million signing bonus for the 1999-2000 season, which would boost his salary to $6.618 million. He would make $8 million in each of the following three seasons, The Detroit News, the Oakland Press and Booth reported.
Yzerman, 34, led the Red Wings with 74 points and 13 power-play goals last season and followed that with nine goals in 10 playoff games. He enters this season with career totals of 592 goals and 891 assists.