Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/05 at 08:12 AM ET
Not to be a wet blanket, but Red Wings fans, party at your own risk. Hockey may be back, but when your best offensive player isn't even on the continent, only a fool pops champagne. Here are two sobering words: "Pavel" and "Datsyuk." Any hockey expert will tell you he's the future of the Wings. And he's not here! He's in Russia, possibly under contract to not one but two teams. Ken Holland, charged with tightening Detroit's belt, has muffed the first lesson of Salary Cap 101: Sign your biggest star. "Pavel signed a contract with Omsk," Holland told me this week, "and then another team, Moscow Dynamo, matched it. His agent has told me ... there's no out clause in the contract. Obviously, it's a matter now of Pavel negotiating ... to see if there's a way that he can get out."more update 9:25am, Art Regner was on WXYT this morning and thinks Greenstin, agent for Datsyuk is "on the take" and the Russian mob is somehow involved. Regner said Greentstin is trying to convince Datsyuk to stay in Russia while Pavel wants to play for the Wings. Art believes Datsyuk will be back with Detroit by the end of next week.
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