Pavel Datsyuk agrees to three-year extension to stay with Red Wings
11:08 AM, Jun 18, 2013
6:50 PM, Jun 18, 2013
DETROIT - The Magic Man will continue to reside in Detroit.
Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk announced on Twitter he has agreed to a three-year extension to stay with the team.
"Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs.Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family @DetroitRedWings @danmilstein," he posted to Twitter.
Datsyuk had one year left on his seven-year, $46.9 million contract, and the new extension will keep him in Detroit for the next four seasons.
General Manager Ken Holland released the following statement through a release:
"We're obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League," said Holland.
"This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years. His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none. We feel we have a tremendous leadership group moving forward in Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Kronwall."
All three of those players are under contract through the 2016-17 season.
The 34-year old Datsyuk has spent his entire 11-year career in Detroit, winning two Stanley Cups and three Selke Trophies. This past season, he scored 15 goals and 49 points in 47 games.
In 779 career NHL games, Datsyuk has recorded 255 goals and 767 points.
Brad Galli is a Sports Reporter for WXYZ Detroit. Follow Brad on Twitter