Datsyuk Rejoins Wings, Signs Two-year Deal

All-Star forward Pavel Datsyuk officially rejoined the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, signing a two-year contract reportedly worth a total of $7.8 million.

Datsyuk had agreed to the deal over a week ago but remained in Russia to take care of personal business. He arrived in Detroit on Sunday, met with Red Wings' general manager Ken Holland to sign the contract on Monday, and will practice with the team on Tuesday.

"We're obviously very happy that we got Pavel back," Holland said. "He's a talented young player that had a very good year for us two years ago, and we're hoping for more of the same. With the new rules, I think skilled players like Pavel are really going to be helped."

Before agreeing to the deal with Detroit, Datsyuk had signed with Avangard Omsk of the Russian SuperLeague. Dynamo Moscow, with whom Datsyuk played during the NHL lockout, then matched the offer and left his rights to be determined by an arbitrator.

Datsyuk will reportedly play his first preseason game on Wednesday, when the Red Wings host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The kid is talented as hell, but he's frikkin' nuts if he thinks he's going to get as much as Thornton. Reportedly he's already been offered more than Heatley got, so I don't know why he's bringing that name in.

Ken Holland's not an idiot, he's not going to throw that money at him in a capped league, Wings fans will just have to hope no team with cap room to spare will decide to poach him (and continue to screw up the league's salary structure).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/5/2005 at 8:36 PM


I agree with you. I would hate to see the Wings lose him. He is a big key to the future. But if wants to be stupid, let him be it somewhere else.

Posted by scooter13 on 9/6/2005 at 5:55 AM


The Freep gives us interesting reading this morning, as Drew Sharp tries to tell everyone that this is okay (he's as nuts as Dats is) and Helene St. James confirms that there is no out clause in the Russian contract.

"Right now, I'm operating under the assumption Pavel will be in Russia the entire season." - Ken Holland

Hooray. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/evil.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":evil:" border="0" alt="evil.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/7/2005 at 6:21 AM


Now Pavs needs another week to decide. My guess is that something weird is going on either between him and his agent or his agent and Holland. I keep thinking that if he wanted to play in Russia, he'd be playing already, so maybe he's being told to hold out while Greenstin screws around with Holland.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/12/2005 at 7:16 PM


I read on one of the rumor sites out there that he had signed with a different team then the one he had played on last season, and that the original team thought they had the right to match the offer, and that he didn't want to play for them so if that was the options he'd rather be in Detroit. But I later read that the original team failed to file before the deadline earlier this year and that they had lost the right to match. But like I said it was on a rumor site.

Posted by MapleLeafsGM on 9/12/2005 at 7:55 PM


His agent is the crazy one. He shouldn't mess with Holland. It isn't smart.

Posted by AlienLeftRedWinger on 9/13/2005 at 7:45 PM


Looks like Datsyuk might be figuring out that it's best for him to come back to the NHL. With Russian teams fighting over him and possibly forcing him to play where he doesn't want to, Detroit doesn't look so bad.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 9/19/2005 at 9:08 PM


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