Detroit Red Wings Russian dynamo forward Pavel Datsyuk is looking to end his career in Russia and speculation has been that he would do so when his contract is up after next season in 2014-15; however, he has recently said that he would like to spend a few more seasons playing for the Red Wings and is hoping to sign an extension sometime this summer. The feeling is mutual for the Red Wings organization as general manager Ken Holland has said that he looks to work something out with Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin. Talks between the two should begin within the next few weeks, but Datsyuk would not be able to sign until free agency begins in July.
Datsyuk has played his entire professional career with the Red Wings since they drafted him in the sixth round (171st overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He has been a solid player and highly consistent for Detroit over those 11 seasons and his play has yet to slow down with age as this season in the 47 games he has played he recorded 49 points (15G, 34A) and once again named as a Selke Award finalist for the league’s best defenseman, which he has won three times previously. He was right on track with his two best seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09 tallying a total of 97 points (31G, 66A and 32G, 65A, respectively).
With Datsyuk continuing to provide consistent play that Detroit has come to depend upon, it would not be a bad idea to sign him to an extension and lock him up for a few more seasons although I doubt he would look to play anywhere else (other than the KHL, of course). Reports are that it will likely take time for the two side to come to an agreement and that the deal would be for something similar to what he has now, which is $6.7 million a season.