The Red Wings and their fans got some very good news Tuesday morning as it was announced that Pavel Datsyuk and the team inked a three year extension to his current deal that was set to expire after this upcoming season.
Datsyuk first announced the deal on his Twitter page as speculation to a deal being close emerged in recent days.
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) June 18, 2013
And speaking of speculation, much of it prior to the playoffs was centered on arguably the best player in the league packing up and heading back to Russia to finish out his career after 2014. Obviously this deal ends those questions, at least for the foreseeable future as Datsyuk will finish out the deal after the 2016-17 season when he’ll be 38 years old.
The deal itself will see Datsyuk make a total of $23 million dollars with a cap hit of $7.5 per season. This is according to Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News.
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
— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) June 18, 2013
Datsyuk for the very most part is well worth the money and the years however he is getting a little more than maybe some (including myself) initially thought. Datsyuk will make $6.7 million this upcoming season before getting his salary increased to the $7.5 million at 35. Again it’s a number that could probably be lower but the rumors of Datsyuk going back to Russia and the fact that he hasn’t shown any signs of slowing more than likely played into the contract negotiations.
Regardless Detroit still has some work this offseason to get more scoring help to go along with Datsyuk on that first or second line.