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Done Deal For Datsyuk; Red Wings forward signs 3-year, [$22.5] million extension

Updated 21x at 2:44 PM, and FYI, Datsyuk's goal against Nashville's up in the second TSN Play of the Year showdown semifinal: the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan has the financial parameters:

(as many have pointed out, it's technically $7.667 million oh hell with it, it's $7.5 million per the Tweets below)

The Free Press's Helene St. James summarized the situation nicely...

The deal has been a foregone conclusion since May 31, the day the Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after being bounced in the second round of the playoffs. Datsyuk said at the time he planned to stay in Detroit past the expiration of his current seven-year, $46.9-million deal. There had been chatter for much of the season that he might return to his native Russia, where he could make a mint playing in the KHL and be closer to his 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

His decision to remain in Detroit — reflecting his dedication to finishing his career with the Wings, and the fact that, while the KHL may be more lucrative, the NHL is the best hockey league in the world — is tremendously good news for the Wings. Even in what's considered middle age for a hockey player, Datsyuk is among the most talented players in the game.

The Wings now have four core players locked up for several years: Datsyuk, captain Henrik Zetterberg, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and goaltender Jimmy Howard. Extending Datsyuk also all but closes the window completely on Valtteri Filppula coming back; the Wings don't need him as much now that Datsyuk will be sticking around and don't have to give Filppula the $5 million he is seeking on the open market (and might get from a team like Columbus, now run by general manager Jarmp Kekalainen, Filppula's fellow Finn).

And Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, continued the narrative he'd started in speaking with MLive's Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness when the Windsor Star's Bob Duff reached Greenstin:

“It’s a good possibility,” said Gary Greenstin, slated to fly to Detroit Tuesday to meet with the Wings’ brass. “We’re talking every day.” Greenstin indicated the two sides could reach an agreement, “maybe tomorrow, maybe in a few days. We’re not in a hurry.”

A Selke Trophy finalist this season, Datsyuk dropped a big hint that the two sides were near a pact on his Twitter feed Monday when he tweeted, “Big day tomorrow,” and Greenstin did nothing to deter that optimism

“We’re close,” Greenstin said. “I hope very soon.”

Under the regulations of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, since Datsyuk has one year left on his current contract, a new deal can’t be filed with the league until July 5, which is also the first day teams can sign free agents. Both sides can come to an agreement on a contract extension prior to then, however and Greenstin left the impression that scenario was likely.

“He would like to continue his career in Detroit,” Greenstin said of Datsyuk. “I don’t see a problem in negotiations. We’re talking. I hope there will be something soon. We’ll see.”

Update #1.5: MLive's Ansar Khan confirms...

Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told M-Live.com on Monday that the sides were "very close'' to an agreement that he was flying to Detroit to meet with general manager Ken Holland and finalize the deal.

The contract can't be registered with the NHL or officially announced until July 5, the first day of free agency, because Datsyuk still has a year remaining on a seven-year deal worth $6.7 million per season.

The extension ensures that Datsyuk, who turns 35 on July 20, will be a Red Wing through at least the 2016-17 season.

As does the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:

Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, met with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland Tuesday morning to wrap up contract details.

The 2013-14 season was to be the final year of a seven-year contract worth $46.9 million. It called for a $6.7 million salary in 2013-14.

Financial terms of the new deal were not immediately known. New contracts cannot be signed until July 5, the start of the NHL calendar.

Holland said Monday the two sides had been talking regularly in the past couple of weeks.

Datsyuk said after the playoffs ended he would like to finish his NHL career with the Red Wings.

"I would love to stay," said Datsyuk, 34, as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers after a series defeat to Chicago. "Yeah, I hope we agree, and we sign a new deal. I hope we agree and I sign for more (years)."

Update #3: More stuff:

CBS Detroit, Michigan Hockey and TSN all confirm.

The Wings confirm, too:

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Update #6: Datsyukian humor:

Update #6.5: USA Today's Kevin Allen and Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy confirm.

Update #7: Via RedWingsFeed, WDIV got its hands on the Wings' press release:

Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland on Tuesday announced that the club has agreed to terms with center Pavel Datsyuk on a three-year contract extension.

In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Datsyuk has one year remaining on his current contract.

The terms of the three-year extension will activate at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

Datsyuk, 34, was selected by Detroit in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 1998 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native recently completed his 11th season in Hockeytown.  Through 779 career NHL games, Datsyuk has posted 767 career points (255G-512A-767P) and has led Detroit in scoring six times.

He captured the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward three times (2008, 2009, 2010) and won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09, becoming just the second player in NHL history to do so.

Datsyuk has been selected to play in four NHL All-Star Games (2004, 2008, 2009, 2012) and was a nominee for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2009.  He won the NHL’s plus-minus award in 2008 (+41) and was selected as a Second Team NHL All-Star in 2008-09.  Datsyuk has captured two Stanley Cup championships while donning the winged wheel in 2002 and 2008.

“We’re obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League,” said Holland.  “This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years.  His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is.  His work ethic is second to none.  We feel we have a tremendous leadership group moving forward in Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall.”

Datsyuk led the Red Wings during the 2012-13 season with 49 points (15G-34A-49P) and tied for the league lead with 56 takeaways.

On March 22, 2013, at Anaheim, he hit two personal milestones becoming just the 11th player in team history to score 250 goals for Detroit and just the sixth player in franchise history to record 500 assists in a Red Wings sweater.

Shortly after on April 14, Datsyuk moved past Norm Ullman into sixth place on the team’s all-time scoring list when he recorded his 759th career point.  His 767 career points in The Motor City now trail only Gordie Howe (1,809), Steve Yzerman (1,755), Alex Delvecchio (1,281), Nicklas Lidstrom (1,142) and Sergei Fedorov (954).

Update #7: via RedWingsFeed again, here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's report:

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up an important piece to their success for another three years.

Pavel Datsyuk has agreed in principal to a three-year extension worth $23 million according his agent confirmed Tuesday in a phone interview.

The deal can’t be registered with the league until July 5, which is the first day of free agency because

Datsyuk broke the story himself on twitter, tweeting, “Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs. Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family.”

The Wings also confirmed the deal through a press release.

“We’re obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a press realease. “This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none. We feel we have a tremendous leadership group moving forward in (Henrik) Zetterberg, Datsyuk and (Niklas) Kronwall.”

According to Greenstin, Datsyuk will make $10 million in the first year of the deal and then paid $7.5 million the next year and $5.5 million the final year of the extension.

The deal has a salary-cap hit of $7.66 million.

Update #8: More from the Detroit News's Ted Kuflan:

"He loves his teammates, loves Detroit, and he's very appreciative of ownership and Mr. (Mike) Ilitch," Greenstin said Tuesday. "This is a very fair deal for both sides. Both sides wanted to get this done."

Holland said Monday the two sides had been talking regularly in the past couple of weeks.

Datsyuk said after the playoffs ended he would like to finish his NHL career with the Red Wings.

"I would love to stay," said Datsyuk, 34, as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers after a series defeat to Chicago. "Yeah, I hope we agree, and we sign a new deal. I hope we agree and I sign for more (years)."

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Greenstin said Tuesday Datsyuk could play into his 40s in the NHL, then think about playing in Russia.

"Pavel is a great athlete, like (Anaheim's) Teemu Selanne (who is 42 and playing well), and I can see him playing to 38, 39, into his 40s," Greenstin said. "We'll see what happens with that. Right now, he's very excited about playing in Detroit."

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Update #12: Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner weighs in:

Terms of the deal were not revealed in a Red Wings' press release announcing the agreement, but Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, confirmed that the 3-year deal is worth $23 million, with Datsyuk receiving $10 million in 2014-15, $7.5 million in 2015-16 and $5.5 million in 2016-17.

Datsyuk took to twitter to announce his deal, tweeting: “Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs.  Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family.”

Drafted by the Wings in sixth round (171st overall) in the 1998 NHL Draft, Datsyuk has played 11 season in Detroit.  In 779 regular season games with the Wings, Datsyuk has accumulated 767 points, notching 255 goals and 512 assists.

Considered to be a magician with the puck, Datsyuk is regarded as one of the NHL’s premier players.  It was essential that the Wings get a deal done, since rumors swirled all season long that Datsyuk’s desire was to return to his native Russia, after the 2013-14, the final year of his contract.

With Datsyuk in the fold, the Wings will turn their attention to forwards Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner as well as to the upcoming free agent class.  The first day of unrestricted free agency in the NHL is July 5.

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Update #15: The AP's Larry Lage states the obvious:

"We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. "This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none."

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"We feel we have a tremendous leadership group moving forward in Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall," Holland said.

Detroit drafted Datsyuk in the sixth round, 171st overall, in 1998 and he made his NHL debut during the 2001-02 season and showed right away he was a steal.

The four-time All-Star and one-time MVP finalist has 255 goals and 767 points during a career in which he has led a talented team in scoring six times. Datsyuk is sixth on the franchise's all-time scoring list, trailing Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.

Lidstrom's jersey will head to the storied rafters of Joe Louis Arena next season and Datsyuk's will too after he hangs up his skates.

This.

As one of the game's all-time great defensive forwards, he has won the Selke Trophy three times. The 5-foot-11, 194-pound Datsyuk took the puck away from an opponent 56 times this season, tying for the league lead. And as one of the gentlemen of the physical sport, he has won the Lady Byng Trophy four times.

Few have been better at dangling a puck or snatching one away, a skill Datsyuk has said he learned as a kid.

"In Russia, we had tough times. Only one puck," he said. "I always wanted the puck, so I learn how to keep it and make space and get puck when other guy has it."

Update #16: Why yes, Ken Holland, per St. James:

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press the deal is for $22.5 million, with an annual salary cap hit of $7.5 million. That latter number is especially important, because it matches what team captain Henrik Zetterberg will make in actual salary each year from 2014-15 through 2016-17.

"We're thrilled," Holland said. "We think Pav is one of the best two-way forwards in the world. To know he is committed to us for four more years is a tremendous relief. This gives us peace of mind."

Update #16.5: WXYZ is also confirming.

Update #17: Here's the Oakland Press's Pat Caputo's take:

There is nothing Pavel Datsyuk can’t do on a sheet of ice. He is strong his skates, possesses a great shot and is a terrific passer. I’ve heard his speed knocked at times. I find the criticism to be without merit. It’s not like he is slow. He is not a fighter per say, but he does body check consistently with force. And the one time he did fight, he won a spirited decision over Anaheim’s Corey Perry.

But there are two aspects of the game that standout about Datsyuk more than others. One, he is the best stickhandler I have ever seen. It's artistic the way he can drag the puck. Another, he is amazingly proficient at taking the puck off opposing players on the forecheck. He literally does those two things as well as anybody who has ever played the game.

Datsyuk has agreed to remain in Detroit the next three seasons. The fear he would play out his contract next season and then return to Russia proved to be unfounded. With captain Henrik Zetterberg, goalie Jimmy Howard and Datsyuk in the fold, and a developing young group surrounding them, the Red Wings should be legitimate contenders to capture the Stanley Cup championship for years to come.

There is not sign he slow down in his mid-30s.

Update #18:

Here's the rest in text:

“To have Pav go home all summer and have the uncertainty and all the rumors that goes along with Pav being back in Russia and going into the last year of his contract isn’t the way we want to do business,” Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday.

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“This agreement gives us the peace of mind that we have four more years of Pav, we’ve got more than four with Zetterberg, we have six with (Niklas) Kronwall and six with (Jimmy) Howard,” Holland said. “Z’s the captain, Pav is an assistant, Kronner’s an assistant and Howie is a goaltender who’s developed into a real important guy on and off the ice for us, a leader and a competitor and a guy that gives us a chance to win. The nucleus of our team is signed up through at least the next four years.”

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“Given how hard Pav works on his conditioning, day in and day out and Pav’s will and determination, I’m comfortable his game will continue to hold where it’s at for the term of the contract,” Holland said. “He’s a world class player. He’s in a small conversation of players that you would discuss being one of the best two-way players in the world.”

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“We talked briefly when this deal is over he could keep doing one year deals like Nick Lidstrom, (Igor) Larionov and Yzerman,” Holland said. “I think from a security standpoint, Pav feels good about the security of a three-year deal and I think the Red Wings feel good about the security of a three-year deal. It’s nice to know we’re going to camp every year for the next four years and No. 13 is going to be out there on the ice.

“And Pav helps you win,” Holland continued. “He gets goals. He gets assists. But he does so much more. He’s a great shutdown center-ice man and as his career plays out he’s like a (Chris) Chelios or a Larionov, you just don’t gage his impact strictly on goals and assists, even though he is more than a point a game guy. He plays hard. He plays physical. He’s on the penalty kill. He blocks shots. We start out the penalty kill with him and 50-percent of the time he wins the draw and we shoot the puck down the ice. He does so many things. He steals the puck and next thing you know we’ve got the puck and we’re heading up ice.”

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“I wanted to be fair to Pav, he’s Russian and there’s a big league back home and there’s a lot of interest to get him to go back and play in the KHL,” Holland said. “I knew I had to have a security of a term that he felt good at and we felt good at as well.”

Greenstin flew into Detroit early Tuesday after finalized things with Holland and his client.

“I’m hoping that the game is growing and the cap starts to go north a little bit,” Holland said. “We gave him a little bit of an increase, but basically for planning purposes his new extension is a little bit more than what it is now, but it’s nothing that’s going to dramatically alter the makeup of the thinking of how we’re going to build the team.”

Update #18.5: The Wings' Facebook page posted their top 13 Datsyuk moments as well.

Update #19: Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov claims that the deal is fair for a team and city that are in "dire straits";

SI's Allan Muir sees the Datsyuk and Malkin deals as "kicks in the rubles" for the KHL...

For all its big-league aspirations, the KHL remains a refuge for players who can’t adjust to the culture or the game in North America (think Nikolai Zherdev and Alex Radulov) and those whose talents place them on the margins of the game, like Tomas Vincour and Chris Bourque, two fringe NHLers who signed today with Ak Bars Kazan rather than spend another season riding buses in the AHL.

But the gold standard players remain out of reach.

Not that the KHL will stop trying. Right now, SKA St. Petersburg is pursuing Vezina-winner Sergei Bobrovsky in an armored car loaded with tax-free rubles and a chance to play for Russia at Sochi. But the offer will be used as a bargaining chip and then rejected by a player who wants exactly what Datsyuk and Malkin want: to prove themselves against the best.

The KHL is the Al Czervik of the hockey world. The league can throw around money at the country club with the best of ‘em, but it doesn’t buy it any respect. Until it gets that one tent-pole player, someone truly world class to build around, the KHL will always be regarded as Plan B. At best.

And DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose spoke to Datsyuk about his contract:

“Based on a couple of brief conversations that I had with Gary Greenstin over the last couple of months, I felt that there was an interest in Pav to stay,” Holland said. “I had my exit interview last week with Pav and we talked a little bit. He called his agent and in the next few days we were able to get the extension done.”

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“I know where the rumors are coming from. Maybe he doesn’t like me coming here,” said Datsyuk, as he shopped in the Red Wings merchandise warehouse for gifts to take to family and friends in Russia. “I would be happy to play back home, but I know it’s better for me to stay here for my professional career. I am happy to be staying with a good family where I have had lots of fun and feel comfortable.”

Part of his decision to stay in Detroit – where he has played ever since he was selected in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL draft – was to return to the core group of players with Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall and Jimmy Howard.

“This is big part, and I’m happy to stay with a good group,” said Datsyuk, who later this week will return to Russia, where for the sixth straight summer he will help run a youth hockey camp. “I see lots of optimism. If you don’t see optimism, maybe you die.”

For Holland, reaching an agreement with Datsyuk before the free agency period, which starts July 5, was just as exhilarating.

“It was important to get Pav done before he went back home for the summer,” Holland said. “When you’re heading into July 5 and not sure if Pav is going to be here in a year it can affect your thinking. Now we know for a lot of reasons, from a salary cap commitment, from a player commitment, we know the core of our team moving forward. It’s Pav and Z and Kronwall and Jimmy Howard.”

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“He’s a world class player,” Holland said. “With Pav winning the Selkes and seeming to be in the voting every year, he’s probably the best two-way forward in the world. He’s committed to fitness, he trains really hard, he’s mentally tough, he competes. He has a lot of hockey left in him and it probably wouldn’t surprise me if he’s doing an extension with the Detroit Red Wings when this contract is over.”

As for the age factor...

“If you recognize that those guys played a longtime ago and the game has changed,” [Datsyuk] said. “Now you see (Teemu) Selanne, you see (Jaromir) Jagr. They all play and they play big roles on the team. This is the example. I don’t look at age. If you can keep up your level of play, why not play?”

Update #20: Forbes' Chris Smith pulled a Lambert (and Lambert freaked out on Twitter):

[D]atsyuk’s points share, a measure of how many of a team’s points are contributed by a single player, was 6.5 this season, down from 7.9 the year before and his lowest mark since 2002-03. His point shares have also been sliding since he posted a career-high 12.6 in 2007-08.

And the even bigger risk for the Red Wings is a financial one. Datsyuk’s $7.5 million cap hit will, as of this point, tie for 11th-biggest in the NHL in 2014-15. Though the NHL’s future salary caps will be higher than the $64.3 million that teams have to work with next season, Datsyuk’s cap hit will still account for somewhere in the neighborhood of 10% of Detroit’s cap money. That’s a significant chunk of potential spending to commit to a single player who turns 35 years old next month.

It isn’t necessarily a mistake to pay big for a player well on the wrong side of 30 years old. Just look at Teemu Selanne, who was playing above a point-per-game clip at 40 years old a few seasons ago, or the 37-year-old Martin St. Louis who led the league in points this year. But it is still a risky bet, and one that may seriously hamstring the Red Wings’ ability to construct a competitive team in the coming years even if Datsyuk’s performance doesn’t fall off.

Detroit’s blue line was surprisingly competent this year in the absence of Niklas Lidstrom, but it’s a young group with much more upside than guaranteed production (not to mention that only two defensemen – Niklas Kronwall and Brian Lashoff – are signed on past 2014-15). It’s also worrying that a significant portion of Detroit’s forwards are either 30 years old or older: Tootoo (30), Zetterberg (32), Franzen (33), Cleary (34), Samuelsson (36), Bertuzzi (38). All of that is to say that Detroit will need cap room going forward, and signing an expensive extension with an aging center isn’t the best way to get there.

Update #21: Via RedWingsFeed, here's NHL.com's Dan Rosen talking about the deal:

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Vladimir16's avatar

Ahhhhh…...  grin

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/18/13 at 10:52 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Whew.  I can finally let that diamond drop.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/18/13 at 10:55 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Three years is more than I expected. Now the question is…for how much per year?

But whatever the cap hit is, this is great news for guys like Nyquist, Tatar, Jarnkrok and Jurco. To play with, and to be mentored by, Pavel will be a huge benefit for all of them. Hopefully Frk gets a year or two with Pavel as well.

So, Miller’s resigned. Pavel’s extended. You’re two for two, Kenny. Don’t blow it now by trading for the signing rights to Weiss.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/18/13 at 11:03 AM ET

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Ya, I had a feeling it was about to happen, when he posted “Big day tomorrow” on his facebook account

Now we just need to put the kids to play on forward, and ditch every old foward we have that has no “motivation” to play
I bet you guys know who they are, no need to name names here

Posted by Zqto on 06/18/13 at 11:07 AM ET

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Don’t blow it now by trading for the signing rights to Weiss.

And don’t go four for four by re-signing Filppula and Cleary…

Posted by Garth on 06/18/13 at 11:10 AM ET

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Now just wonder what the $$$ is to see what room they have to go after any UFAs.  Not much liking the Brunner hold up.

Posted by Son of Flying Pig on 06/18/13 at 11:10 AM ET

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Not much liking the Brunner hold up.

I think people are being paranoid.  There’s still two and a half weeks before free agency starts.  Plenty of time to lock up the only UFA they should be bringing back.

Posted by Garth on 06/18/13 at 11:16 AM ET

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That’s (at least) four years of Pavel making Cindy Crosby look like a pee-wee player in front of his own fans. 

Now that my Mother-in-law has left, I can be online and get this info right away, as opposed to stumbling across it two days late and looking like a moron!

And yes, no Weiss.  Danke.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/18/13 at 11:33 AM ET

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I think people are being paranoid.  There’s still two and a half weeks before free agency starts.  Plenty of time to lock up the only UFA they should be bringing back.

Posted by Garth on 06/18/13 at 11:16 AM ET

Agreed.

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 06/18/13 at 11:39 AM ET

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And don’t go four for four by re-signing Filppula and Cleary…

Or five for five by not buying out Sammy.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/18/13 at 11:40 AM ET

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This is more incentive for Brunner to stay.  He said he likes hanging out with Pavs - let ‘em hang out a few more years.

Posted by TreKronor on 06/18/13 at 11:51 AM ET

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Yikes. $7.667M? That’s a lot of cap hit. I was hoping he’d take a “Wing’s discount” and sign for about $6M. But on the other hand…

Spoke to Pavel Datsyuk as he shopped in #RedWings warehouse. Said, “Tell Ken I need more money because I’m buying up everything in store.”

...you can’t really put a price on a sense of humor like that. LOL

I guess four more years of Pavel being Pavel, on and off the ice, is worth it.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/18/13 at 12:16 PM ET

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A STEAL. bARGAIN. DEAL OF THE YEAR. NOT ENUFF

Posted by Rdwings28 on 06/18/13 at 12:21 PM ET

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I guess four more years of Pavel being Pavel, on and off the ice, is worth it.
Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/18/13 at 12:16 PM ET

Had to get a raise with ppg seasons and selke level defensive talent.  And it can’t be overstated how important it will be for the new forwards to get to play with and learn from him.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/18/13 at 12:23 PM ET

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Seriously, a $7.5mil cap hit for one the top 3 2-way players in the world is a great deal.

Posted by godblender on 06/18/13 at 12:24 PM ET

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And it can’t be overstated how important it will be for the new forwards to get to play with and learn from him.

Or how attractive it could be for potential UFA signings…

Posted by Garth on 06/18/13 at 12:27 PM ET

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grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/18/13 at 01:33 PM ET

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Ted Kulfan @tkulfan

Datsyuk’s agent Gary Greenstin says 3 year deal worth $23 million: $10 million first year: 7.5 2nd year; 5.5 3rd year. Cap hit is 7.5 mil

Worth.Every.Penny.

Dangles!

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/18/13 at 01:47 PM ET

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Helene St. James @HeleneStJames

What other NHL team has as many recent lifers as #RedWings? Yzerman, Lidstrom, Holmstrom. Future: Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall.

But Helene, you forgot Franzen!

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/18/13 at 01:52 PM ET

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Thanks Pav’s! You’ve given me reason to keep on keeping on.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 06/18/13 at 02:19 PM ET

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19 updates and 18 comments.  Methinks George (or Paul?  It’s posted as Paul, but frantic updating suggests George) is racing us.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/18/13 at 02:28 PM ET

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It’s me. Grinding it out.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/18/13 at 02:32 PM ET

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And to think there was some people saying we should have considered trading him this year going into the deadline.  big surprise

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 06/18/13 at 02:47 PM ET

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And to think there was some people saying we should have considered trading him this year going into the deadline

Yeah, but most of us recognized the “sky is falling, tank like chicago” wankers for what they are.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/18/13 at 03:42 PM ET

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Ever awesome uber YouTube user, awood40, posted all of Dangles’ goals from the ‘07-‘08 season.  Fifteen minutes of the most talented Red Wings player in history.  I love Stevie Y and I have his name and number on my CCM replica Yzerman whites, but Dangles is a ‘nother level.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/18/13 at 04:08 PM ET

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But Helene, you forgot Franzen!

So did KH

we’ve got more than four [years] with Zetterberg, we have six with (Niklas) Kronwall and six with (Jimmy) Howard,” Holland said.

 

Posted by AZWinger on 06/18/13 at 04:20 PM ET

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But Helene, you forgot Franzen!

So did KH

we’ve got more than four [years] with Zetterberg, we have six with (Niklas) Kronwall and six with (Jimmy) Howard,” Holland said.

Posted by AZWinger on 06/18/13 at 04:20 PM ET

I think it was intentional.

I mean…WHAAAAT???

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 06/18/13 at 04:24 PM ET

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Draft day deal. Franzen, Quincy & draft pick to Phoenix for Yandle. :D

Posted by AZWinger on 06/18/13 at 04:25 PM ET

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Great news Pav resigns.
Kenny should wait to sign a veteran free agent this summer and instead go after a young power forward like Stalberg who I highly doubt Chicago will resign because he’s been in Quennville’s doghouse since he whined about not getting enough PP time. Holland can always go after a Jagr age player at the trade deadline.
Mason Raymond another that would fit great along with speedsters like Helm (if he ever returns from his back injury to top speed).
Cleary is a warrior always in the playoffs but during the regular season he’s an average player now imo. Worth resigning but not at high price.
Looking forward to watching Pav make the old Wales Conference team players look foolish a lot more than usual thanks to return to the east.
cool grin

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 06/18/13 at 05:01 PM ET

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George your a machine,  thanks for bring us the best news I could ask for on Dats.

Posted by maltby18 on 06/18/13 at 06:16 PM ET

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George last Friday said $8 million but not number of years. My first guess Friday was $8 million/3 years, then $7 million/6 years (way off), CJBear71 said 4 years/28 million. Hockey in HD said 8 million is a mistake if > 2 years, 3 maximum.

I wonder how Hockey in HD is feeling about this contract now. It’s under 8.

I’m just happy he’s signed. I know he’s getting older, but remember how many categories he won in the CBC/Players’ Association poll? It more or less said (to me) that the players thought he was (near or) top in the NHL.  Even a decline from a top player in this market, with his kind of character, is worth it.

http://www.playerspoll.ca/

Posted by Bugsy on 06/18/13 at 06:27 PM ET

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Pavel Datsyuk $7.5 million salary cap hit from 2014-15 thru 2016-17, BTW, matches the actual salary of captain Henrik Zetterberg those years.

—Not likely coincidence.

Big reason Datsyuk chose to stay with #RedWings is the team’s leadership core, and his optimism. “If you don’t see optimism, maybe you die.”

—Interesting.  As someone else pointed out earlier this month I think, the playoff run might have helped in the final decision to stay.

Morning fishing with my daughter. pic.twitter.com/ShVcTubN4k

—If you want to see your daughter more, bringing her here during summer vacation helps, too. I’m glad for them.

  Asked about rumors that he would leave #RedWings, Datsyuk said: “I know where rumors are coming from. Maybe he doesn’t like me coming here.”

—who’s “he”?

  #RedWings Datsyuk continued: “I would be happy to play back home, but I know it’s better for me to stay here for my professional career.”

—So he’s being practical after all. Not that he doesn’t miss home/daughter,....

Holland on Datsyuk deal: “When you’re heading into July 5 and not sure if Pav is going to be here in a year it can affect your thinking.”

—Insert joke here.

What other NHL team has as many recent lifers as #RedWings? Yzerman, Lidstrom, Holmstrom. Future: Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kronwall.

—As noted before, the tradeoff for loyalty for “too long” with players (the arguments over Chelios and other Wings near retirement age) is loyalty back from the players, a more attractive environment in general (and maybe for free agents), continuity of players in general as a team, and the ability to fold them into the management/coaching afterwards (Chelios, Osgood, Draper, etc.). As much as it was good to see Ray Borque win his Stanley Cup for example, it loses a bit of luster (to me at least) that he couldn’t be a lifer with the Bruins.

Regardless, looking forward to 4 more years of all around play (and seeing the commentators (except Cherry) fawn over him for CBC and NBC).

Posted by Bugsy on 06/18/13 at 06:45 PM ET

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I’ve been living under a rock all day.. a chitty rock.  The sun just broke through; beaming!!  You’re the best, Pasha.

Posted by klank from the finest hot tub in Marin on 06/18/13 at 07:16 PM ET

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I wonder how Hockey in HD is feeling about this contract now. It’s under 8.

I think the deal is fine.  It’s not a bargain, but there’s not a lot of room for the Wings to get screwed by it, either.  I’m most glad the Wings held to a rational term for the deal.  Anything beyond 3 years would have been a lot riskier.

When it comes to Datsyuk, though, my largest concerns weren’t about what he would be paid, it was about what he’d do in critical playoff series.  He was always going to have a big cap number, it’s what he provided in the playoffs that tends to fluctuate.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/18/13 at 09:29 PM ET

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As much as it was good to see Ray Borque win his Stanley Cup for example,

Careful, Pardner!  You’re dangerously close to saying something was good about an Avalanche cup win! (kidding… mostly.)

When it comes to Datsyuk, though, my largest concerns weren’t about what he would be paid, it was about what he’d do in critical playoff series.  He was always going to have a big cap number, it’s what he provided in the playoffs that tends to fluctuate.

This.  It’s not really all that popular of an opinion, but Datsyuk has a tendency to get swallowed up in the playoffs.  I always felt it was a combination of trying to do too much/things not getting called/being worn out/using all his energy at the defensive side of the ice and I feel like he’ll have more space against eastern conference defenses (except maybe Boston).  More importantly, the Wings third and forth lines should only get better this next couple seasons so hopefully they’ll open things up a bit for the team and Pavs in particular.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 06/18/13 at 11:01 PM ET

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“In Russia, we had tough times. Only one puck,” he said. “I always wanted the puck, so I learn how to keep it and make space and get puck when other guy has it.”

The sense of humor is work an extra million or two for sure.  What a great line.  LOL

Posted by SuperMatt75 from the cool side of the pillow on 06/19/13 at 11:00 AM ET

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