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Will Datsyuk’s Magic Go ‘Poof’?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,

Pavel Datsyuk has no problem breaking water-bottle holsters, but will he hesitate to break Detroit Red Wings fans’ hearts?

Let’s set aside the future and its unknowns for a second and relish the moment above.

Trailing the Anaheim Ducks in Game 4 and in danger of going down 3-1 in the series, the most magical player on the ice/planet takes the puck at his own blue line and strides down the left wing. Making a swift move to the outside in order to create space from Ducks defender Luca Sbisa, Datsyuk snipes a bullet of a wrister high over goaltender Jonas Hiller’s near shoulder.

The metal ring fastening Hiller’s Gatorade bottle to the roof of his net goes flying off, and the puck exits the cage nearly as fast as it entered — so fast that teammate Mikael Samuelsson thinks the play is still alive and fires the rebound back at the net.


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Fox is picking and choosing his articles. Holland told MLive’s Ansar Khan that he has in fact talked with Greenstin and that the Wings will talk contract turkey with Datsyuk and Greenstin during the playoffs and afterward.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/07/13 at 12:30 PM ET

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Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/07/13 at 12:30 PM ET

Why let the facts get in the way of idle speculation though, right George?  LOL

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 05/07/13 at 12:44 PM ET


Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/07/13 at 12:30 PM ET

True, but “touching base” with an agent is not the same as signing a player and it’s not the same as having serious talks with an agent either.  Remember, Ken Holland kicks a lot of tires…

Like it or not, none of us can say for certain that he’s going to stay until he signs a new deal.  The flipside, of course, is that none of us can say he’s gone until he’s gone.

Posted by Garth on 05/07/13 at 12:46 PM ET

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Holland plainly stated the following, per Khan:

“I did meet with Gary Greenstin during our last homestand,’’ Holland said. “We briefly talked about Pav and we both agreed that between now and the end of June, when he heads home, we’ll sit down and have further discussion about Pav.’‘

So they’re going to talk, not just “touch base.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/07/13 at 12:52 PM ET

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Don’t go, Pasha. Don’t leave us. Ever. We love you and know you are one of the greatest players ever in the history of the game. We need you.

Talk to Nic Lidstrom. He raised his kids here, and he also trusts his eyes to Dr. Ramani. So should you.

That is all.

Posted by Juice in LA from Los Angeles by way of Detroit on 05/07/13 at 01:09 PM ET

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Hell, I thought Pavel was gone the last time around… I really would hate to see him go this time around.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/07/13 at 01:14 PM ET


So they’re going to talk, not just “touch base.”

And “further discussion about Pav” is not “signing Pav to a new contract.”

Further discussion could result in Pav signing a new deal before he goes back to Russia in June.  It could also result in Pav saying he won’t decide his future until next summer.  It could also result in Pav saying he will be leaving at the end of his contract.

I personally think(/hope) that he won’t go back to Russia as soon as next summer, but having “further discussion about Pav” only means they’re going to have further discussion about Pav.

Posted by Garth on 05/07/13 at 01:15 PM ET


Pavel can’t sign an extension until after July 1 (maybe it’s July 5 this year, not sure), according to the rules of the old CBA which I don’t think have changed.  KH has done a lot of dumb things in the last 4-5 years, but not negotiating with Pavel YET isn’t one of them. 

He said they are going to talk in June, which KH optimistically assumed would be after a long playoff run.  I’m sure they will talk in May, before Pav heads home for the summer.

Posted by jkm2011 on 05/07/13 at 01:43 PM ET

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