Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/07/05 at 08:46 AM ET
Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told Wings general manager Ken Holland Tuesday that there is no escape clause in the one-year contract the talented center signed Monday with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Superleague. But the Wings have not relinquished their efforts to sign him. "I want Pavel in a Red Wings uniform. I believe he wants to be a Red Wing," Holland said. "I'm continuing to explore all options available." Ordinarily, the lack of an escape clause in a European contract would prevent a player from signing with an NHL team. But the Russian Hockey Federation last month rejected the NHL's transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation, so the same rules don't necessarily apply to Russian league players.
The New NHL, Wings Style
from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,
The days of early season boredom are over for the Red Wings.
Before the lockout, the Wings eventually solved any budding personnel concerns with a stroke of the pen and a little padding of the payroll at the trading deadline.
You always knew they were perennially serious contenders in the old, market-driven NHL financial structure. And now, the best the new salary-capped reincarnation offers is solid hope.
Is that so bad? Change can prove invigorating.
The Wings grew stale, and local sentiment turned stagnant as well. Fans took success for granted. Even the hardest-core didn’t demand a wake-up call until the clock struck 12 on New Year’s Day.
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