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by IwoCPO on 04/06/07 at 01:56 PM ET
It was important for the organization to get this taken care before the playoffs and avoid a potential distraction. And it was vital to get this talented player locked up to a long-term deal before he hit the free-agent market on July 1.
Now, Datsyuk will be under heavy pressure to deliver in the playoffs, which have been a struggle for him. He has gone 26 games without a goal in the playoffs, dating back to Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals.
Update 1203 EST: Ted Kulfan reports the deal is for five years.
I’m real curious as to your opinions of today’s Datsyuk signing. No figures have been released yet, obviously. I’m guessing at 6mil/per.
And now we can start with the second-guessing.
When you’ve got a guy who is so instrumental to the team, yet so invisible come playoff time; you have to wonder why Ken Holland would be so eager to sign him before the playoffs. Holland told Khan(!) this morning that he believes Datsyuk is “just coming into his prime.”
If the second half of this season is any indication he’s right on the money with that assessment. Datsyuk has legitimately carried this team the last twenty games, and led the team since January.
But just as he’s proven himself a top-tiered regular season player, he’s fallen so flat in his playoff career that the wondering must start there. Pavel Datsyuk is the epitome of this team. Flashy and brilliant from October to mid-April, then tight and disappointing from that point forward.
Ken Holland’s going to look silly or brilliant in a very short, or hopefully a bit longer, period of time.
Speaking of looking silly….here’s Dwayne.
The Dwayne Klessel Emporium Of BS And Lackies With Spare Change/16 March 2007
A source told me yesterday afternoon that word among some of Datsyuk’s friends are that his dream is to play with Ovechkin and that he may take a bit less money to make it happen. The source also added, “The price that Datsyuk is giving the Wings right now is extremely high. This could be to bide time and see if the Caps are willing to get into this come July.”
It should also be noted that Ted Leonsis, the extremely progressive owner of the Washington Capitals, recently went on record saying that the team is preparing to make a very big splash this off-season. Datsyuk is a splash.
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