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Datsyuk Demands Too High

Detroit area reports on Datsyuk signing with Omsk: from Mlive,
"He's priced himself right off of our team," Holland said. "I don't see any way he's on the team; the numbers don't add up." "I upped my offer significantly," Holland said. "It got to the point where you can't go any higher. "We have no choice, we got to get on with it." If Datsyuk's contract contains an out clause, he would need to sign with the Red Wings by Oct. 5 (the start of the regular season) to be eligible to play in the NHL this season (restricted free agents who don't sign with a European team have until Dec. 1 to sign with an NHL club). But, there's no reason to believe the sides will suddenly bridge the enormous gap in contract talks.
from the Detroit News,
"Obviously it's a disappointing loss," Holland said. "We were really counting on him." "We'll be a difficult team to play against," Holland said.
from the Detroit Free Press,
It was four o'clock in the morning in Moscow when Ken Holland finally got through to Pavel Datsyuk's agent. Their conversation lasted 30 seconds and left more questions unanswered than answered. Yes, Datsyuk had signed a contract with wealthy Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk. But as of late Monday afternoon, Holland, the Red Wings' general manager, was still waiting to find out one very crucial little fact. "Everything," Holland said, "depends on the out clause." A Reuters report said Datsyuk does have an out clause, but Holland said he didn't want to comment until "I know it's based on fact."

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