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Khan, Pleiness: Red Wings likely to sign Pavel Datsyuk to multi-year extension (3 yrs) shortly

Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk offered a mysterious Tweet on Monday night, and MLive's Ansar Khan reports that there's something behind Datysuk's, "Big day tomorrow..."

[edit/update: and Bob McKenzie knows "how big":

...Back to Khan /end edit]:

Pavel Datsyuk is close to agreeing to a multi-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, his agent told MLive.com on Monday. The contract can't be officially signed, registered or announced until July 5, the first day of free agency, because Datsyuk has one year remaining on his current deal.

Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's Los Angeles area-based agent, said he was flying to Detroit on Monday to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. It sounds as if they will put the finishing touches on the deal.

“Me and Ken and Pavel (are) very close,'' Greenstin said.

Greenstin told Khan that things are...Well, "close":

Greenstin said there was “a good possibility'' they would reach an agreement Tuesday or in the next few days.

“I hope very soon,'' Greenstin said. “Everybody knows what Pavel Datsyuk means to Detroit and what he likes about the Red Wings. We're still talking. Contract cannot be registered with league until July 5. We can negotiate a deal so we have one (before July 5).''

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness confirms:

According to Datsyuk’s agent Gary Greenstin, both sides are “very close” to reaching a new agreement, that can’t be registered with the league until July 5.

“Of course it’s a big day, I’m flying to Detroit to have lunch together,” Greenstin told The Macomb Daily just before taking off on a flight to Detroit. “I can tell you we are kind of close, me and Ken (Holland) and Pavel are very close.”

When asked again if they were really close, Greenstin added, “Yes, me and Ken, we’re kind of close. It goes like this in negotiations. You know what Pavel means to the Red Wings and what he likes about the Red Wings.”

Datsyuk, 34, will make $6.7 million in the final year of his contract.

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

“We’re talking every day,” Greenstin continued. “Maybe tomorrow (they’ll have a deal), maybe in a few days. We’re not in a hurry.”

Update: Fox Sports Detroit's Art Regner confirms:

FoxSportsDetroit.com has learned that Pavel Datsyuk and the Red Wings are close to agreeing to a multi-year contract extension that will keep the high-flying forward in Detroit well past next season.

Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, is flying to Detroit today, where the two sides will put the finishing touches on the new deal.

“Everybody knows what Pavel Datsyuk means to Detroit. We're still talking. Contracts cannot be registered with the league until July 5,” Greenstin said late Monday night.  “I’m flying to Detroit tomorrow (Tuesday); we’re close.”

On Monday evening Datsyuk tweeted, “big day tomorrow…”

A source close to the team has confirmed that the Wings and Datsyuk are extremely close to a contract extension and both sides want a deal. The negotiations have been “very positive.”

Heading into next season, Datsyuk would have been in the final year of a 7-year, $46.9 million contract that he signed in April of 2007. Because he’s still under contract, any extension between Datsyuk and the Wings cannot be announced officially until July 5, the first day of free agency.

What's he going to earn? Whatever he wants. Even at 35, he's got at least three or four more years of point-per-game performances in his very young mind and ridiculously conditioned body.

Update #2: TSN posited a text report:

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly very close to a contract extension with star forward Pavel Datsyuk.

MLive.com first reported the sides are close to a new deal and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie added he is hearing it will be for three years.

Datsyuk has one year left on a seven-year, $46.9 million contract.

The 34-year-old has spent his entire NHL career with the Red Wings, recording 15 goals and 49 points in 47 games this season.

In 779 career NHL games, the three-time Selke Trophy winner has 255 goals and 767 points. He has won two Stanley Cups with the Red Wings.

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awould's avatar

This makes me happy. I don’t care how much.

Posted by awould on 06/18/13 at 01:05 AM ET


I’m a fan of the Chief, but I’m a little annoyed I got so worried about Pavel leaving based on his anonymous source.  Of course I should already know not to believe everything I read.

Posted by ExiledinLA on 06/18/13 at 01:39 AM ET


So I guess there’s going to be an announcement that players with NHL contracts will be allowed to play in the KHL, since Pavel is gone, gone, gone.  My dad’s drinking buddy’s little league coach told me so.

Posted by Garth on 06/18/13 at 08:59 AM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

Empirical evidence that Jesus loves Detroit.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 06/18/13 at 09:02 AM ET

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