Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/01/05 at 01:13 AM ET
Finally, perhaps, there was a positive sign late Wednesday in the ongoing negotiations between the Red Wings and restricted free agent Pavel Datsyuk. A report in today's Soviet Sport newspaper in Russia indicated Datsyuk was a last-minute no-show as the Russian national team left Moscow Wednesday for today's EuroTour game against Sweden in St. Petersburg, Russia. Datsyuk had been practicing with the national team this past week. Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, last week told The Detroit News he wanted to have the framework for a new deal for Datsyuk in place by Sept. 1. He also said Datsyuk faced a Sept. 5 deadline for signing with Moscow Dynamo, the Russian SuperLeague team he played for last season during the NHL lockout. Last weekend, Datsyuk, 27, rejected multiple contract offers from the Wings, ranging from 1-5 years in length. Greenstin, who met with Datsyuk in Moscow earlier this week, is believed to have faxed the Wings a counteroffer either Tuesday or Wednesday -- a three-year deal appears to be the common ground -- but neither Greenstin nor Wings general manager Ken Holland could be reached for comment Wednesday.
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