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Datsyuk announces three-year, $22.5 million extension with Red Wings

Jun 18, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

Pavel Datsyuk AP

Forward Pavel Datsyuk promised today would be a big day, and true to his word, he has announced his new deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Datsyuk has agreed to a three-year extension that will begin once his current deal expires after the 2013-14 campaign. He didn’t share the financial terms, but he’ll come with a $6.7 million annual cap hit next season.

Update: Red Wings GM Ken Holland reported that Datsyuk signed for $22.5 million, according to Detroit Free Press writer Helene St. James. That puts his cap hit beyond the 2013-14 campaign at $7.5 million.

The three-time Selke Trophy winner will be 35 once his new deal starts, which means his cap hit will stay with Detroit even if he decides to retire before the contract expires. That being said, Datsyuk is still playing at an elite level as evidenced by his 49 points in 47 games last season.

Re-signing Datsyuk kills the rumors that the Russia-born forward might leave for the KHL after the 2013-14 campaign. That’s one less major question the Red Wings will have hanging over their heads once the season starts.

This move also means that Detroit has locked up its core of forwards Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Henrik Zetterberg, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and goaltender Jimmy Howard through at least the 2016-17 campaign.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Datsyuk is a guy you pay the extra money for. He is a leader in the truest sense and one that you want your young bucks learning from.

    If Bergeron weren’t a Bruin, this is one of the first guys I’d want on my team.

  2. hockinj25 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Thank god. Go Wings!

  3. tmoore4075 - Jun 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Cap hit is 7.5mil. Was hoping for a smaller cap hit but looking at what guys are getting now he’s worth that. Dude can still play. Would love to get him a consistent scoring winger to help him out.

  4. 19to77 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    For anyone else over 35, I’d balk at that price tag.

    That said, it’s f*cking Datsyuk. He’s a no-brainer at almost any price.

    • vapor54 - Jun 19, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      Love Dats , but the over 35 still bothers me.

  5. modellforprez - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I am not comparing the two but they cant get back with their core like the pens. all these or their stars locked up means what? a nice regular season everyone knows the playoffs are a crapshoot. All these teams are stacked. Boston Chicago Pittsburgh Detroit and some others its just who plays the best puck when the playoffs start

  6. hypefree10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Huge signing since our younger players in Grand Rapids aren’t ready to take on top line duties. Even bigger if Filpulla jets from Detroit. I hope KH has some magic up his sleeve with a little cap wiggle room.

  7. 13datsyuk13 - Jun 18, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    They under paid him. I am excited that we get to continue watching his brilliance.

  8. scoregasmic - Jun 18, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Worth every penny

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Awesome news for Redwings fans.
    The best 35 year old in the league for the $$$. Great job Mr Holland.

  10. garrison1981 - Jun 18, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Great sign! Now get goal scoring linemate for him to tear it up with and top D-Man

  11. lgredwings - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Reblogged this on Let's Go Detroit Red Wings and commented:
    A little more from ProHockeyTalk. Dangle!

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