There were reports that Pavel Datsyuk is about ready to sign a three-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings, and the deal was completed on Tuesday. It can’t be officially announced until July 5 because of the collective bargaining agreement, but this is a very smart deal for the Red Wings to keeping one of their stars in town for a long time to come.
Datsyuk led the team in points again this season with 49 in 47 games. That included 34 assists and for a player that will turn 35-years old this summer, his production isn’t declining at all. I watched a lot of Detroit hockey during the playoffs and was paying close attention to Datsyuk along the way. He is likely going to be playing for more than just the three years on the extension. This looks like a player who will make it to 40 without retirement.
I know that he may want to spend more time with his daughter in Russia sooner than later, but it isn’t time for him to go away yet. It is almost a time of rebuilding for the Red Wings. I understand that they were one win away from the Western Conference Finals this season before losing three straight games.
I think there is going to be some movement sooner than later which will force Detroit to take a step back, but this extension will push the rebuild back a couple of years as the Red Wings and Datsyuk appear set to be together for the rest of his career.