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October 1, 2012 | 9:57am ET
Lugano trying to lure Zetterberg

Lugano Switzerland is trying to land Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg to play for them during the NHL lockout.

The newspaper Blick has reported that Lugano has recently made an offer to Zetterberg, which includes $53,000 per month for insurance and a $2,000 monthly salary.

The veteran forward agreed to a 12-year, $73 million contract with the Red Wings back in 2009.

Zetterberg, 31, was first approached by Timra IK of the Elitserien League in Sweden, but the club is struggling to afford the costs to have him back in their lineup as expenses are reportedly adding up close to a Million dollars.

The top forward played for Timra before becoming a Red Wing and during the 2004-05 lockout.

Other NHL players have signed with teams in Switzerland, including San Jose Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Logan Couture, New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash and Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza.

In 82 games with the Wings last season, Zetterberg collected 22 goals and 47 assists for 69 points.

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