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by Paul on 08/30/05 at 09:34 AM ET
It's more of the same, particularly with Datsyuk and his agent, Gary Greenstin. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland spoke with Greenstin late last week and faxed him multiple contract offers Saturday. Greenstin has since informed Holland those offers have been rejected. Greenstin was due to arrive in Moscow today to discuss his next move with his client. Datsyuk is practicing with the Russian national team for an upcoming EuroTour tournament in the Czech Republic. Last week, Greenstin told The Detroit News he wanted to have the framework for a deal in place by Sept. 1. If not, the agent said, Datsyuk likely would sign to play for Moscow Dynamo, the Russian Super League team he was with during the lockout last season. Last week, Datsyuk's agent also told a Russian newspaper, Soviet Sport, the major stumbling block in negotiations is the length of the deal. Greenstin said the Wings offered a five-year contract to Datsyuk, who is seeking a two- or three-year term. Datsyuk, 27, would be eligble for unrestricted free agency in 2007. Holland said Monday the Wings have offered Datsyuk contracts of varying lengths from 1-5 years, though the team would prefer not to sign him to a two-year deal. Asked if the sides were still far apart on money in negotiations, Holland replied, "Well, we're certainly not close."
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