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Datsyuk wants to sign contract extension with Red Wings

May 31, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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Great news for the Red Wings and their fans — Pavel Datsyuk wants to sign a contract extension with Detroit and stay in the NHL.

There had been talk that Datsyuk would play out his career in Russia after his contract with the Wings expired after the 2013-14 season.

Datsyuk, 34, had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games, helping the Wings push the favored Blackhawks to overtime of Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.

Now that Datsyuk has said he wants to remain in Detroit, the question becomes, what should his new contract look like? Currently, his cap hit is $6.7 million.

You can probably expect a higher number than that for his new deal.

A lot of it will depend on term. Apparently, Datsyuk still wants to finish his career in Russia; he’s just not ready to go there after next season.

  1. buffalomafia - May 31, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Maybe a one year deal?

  2. valoisvipers - May 31, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Open up the vault and pay the man.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - May 31, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      He deserves to be the highest paid player in hockey, or at least in the top 3

      • slapinski1 - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        In my opinion he is the top player. Zetterburg is a close second, nut Datsyuk is still on top.

  3. polegojim - May 31, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Translation… they’re obviously better than he thought… and have a legit shot and being even better FAST.

    I don’t fault these proven superstars for not wanting to ‘endure’ painful rebuilding projects.

    Very glad that Dats won’t have to…. sign this deal NOW!


  4. hsaxjeff - May 31, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    I’m pretty sure that’s not how you spell Datsyuk….

    • polegojim - May 31, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      Um…Oh wait you’re right… it’s spelled… >Crosby… ; )

    • hsaxjeff - May 31, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      It’s fixed now.

      • hockeydon10 - May 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        Except in the url.

  5. wisdomnfl - May 31, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    He wants to go to Pittsburgh.

    • dtownbeatdown - May 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Nobody’s going to Pittsburgh. Your money is all tied up, and you will be over the salary cap next year. So you will have players leaving. But Detroit would gladly take Malkin off your hands. And plus Datsyuk wants to play for a classy organization.

      • bettmanistheworstever - May 31, 2013 at 7:09 PM

        I don’t want Malkin. Maybe give Rick Nash a chance in Detroit if the Rangers dump salary.

        Datsyuk has to be a consensus top five player in the world. Not sure anyone is more fun to watch playing the game now.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 31, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        I’d personally take Malkin over Nash, Malkin has more skill. I do admit he is a bit soft, and Nash would be a better body for the Wings. But the style they play Malkin would be a better choice. And Malkin has proven himself in the playoffs. Malkin has 12 points in 11 playoff games this year, Nash has 1 goal in the 12 playoff games he played in this year. In Malkin’s 79 games in the playoffs and he has 97 points, Rick Nash has 16 games in the playoffs and 8 points.

        Not like any of this is going to happen. I doubt either get traded, No harm in wishing.

      • bettmanistheworstever - Jun 1, 2013 at 2:17 AM

        Do you thing Malkin has grown up from this kind of thing, or that Daysuk will mentor him?

        BTW, as a reminder, this had to be an automatic suspension” under the so called NHl rules. Just one in an embarassingly long list of playoff disgraces by the NHL all over the league. It’s a race to the bottom between the NHL and NBA! Who will win?

      • dtownbeatdown - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        I agree, I hope the NHL takes a long look at refereeing this off season (I doubt they will.) There has been many missed calls or blown calls this season in almost every series. And it seems to be getting worse every year. I think we all remember the Weber head slam last year that went “unnoticed.” That “fight” between Malkin and Zetterberg was pretty awful lol. It is hockey I don’t mind that stuff. But like you said rules be rules, and the league seems to look the other way for certain individuals.

        I think more replays need to be implemented in the league as human error is at its highest for refs lately. Either it be NHL, NFL, NBA, or even MLB.

  6. 13datsyuk13 - May 31, 2013 at 3:50 PM


  7. wisdomnfl - May 31, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Hey dtiwn screw you your city has no class

    • dtownbeatdown - May 31, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    • redwhite&blue - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      Thank Kwame K. for that …. BUT the organization sure does. The Red Wings organization has more class in its endboards than wherever you’re from.

    • redwhite&blue - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      wisdomnfl: You can thank Kwame K. for that …. BUT the Red Wings organization sure does. The Red Wings organization has more class in its endboards than wherever you’re from.

  8. hockeydon10 - May 31, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Pay dat man his money!

  9. hockeydon10 - May 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    $6M signing bonus


    Cap hit: 5.4

  10. mizbinboston - May 31, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Did anyone else see the clouds part and a golden beam of light shine on #13 while a choir belted “Hallelujah!” when they read that title?

  11. icelovinbrotha215 - May 31, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    That’s fantastic news even as a Flyers fan. Dats is my favorite player. Most exciting player in the NHL.

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