And with this, Detroit fans can look to the sky and thank the hockey Gods. It’s finally official. Pavel Datsyuk has come to terms with the Red Wings for a three year extension. Datsyuk’s cap hit will be $7.5 million a season.
Datsyuk had one year remaining on his contract, and rumors were flying about him returning to Russia to play in the KHL after next season. Now with the three year extension, Datsyuk will be in Detroit through the 2016-2017 and will continue to awe fans with his infamous Datsyukian dekes that never fail to drop every jaw in an arena.
Datsyuk has been a dominate two way player throughout his entire career racking up a total of 767 points in 779 games, and a +/- of +229. Datsyuk has a resume that also consists of three Selke trophies, four Lady Byng trophies, he’s a four time All-Star, and a two time Stanley Cup champion.
Datsyuk will turn 35 next month, so the only question is how long will he be a dominate 7.5 million dollar player? Datsyuk will be 38 and turning 39 in the offseason of his final year.