The Red Wings are hoping Datsyuk will finish his career in Detroit.
Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of agreeing to a multi-year contract extension, FoxSportsDetroit.com reported late Monday night.
Datsyuk’s agent, Gary Greenstin, told Fox Sports Detroit: “We’re close.” Greenstin added that he will be flying into Detroit Tuesday, possibly to finalize the details of an extension for Datsyuk — the contract of the Wings’ current alternate captain expires after the 2013-14 season, and there had been speculation that Datsyuk would leave Detroit for the KHL at that point.
However, all signs since the end of the season have pointed toward Datsyk landing a lucrative extension to stay in Detroit for several more seasons.
Datsyuk hinted at Tuesday’s possible big contract news on Twitter:
Big day tomorrow…
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) June 18, 2013
As Greenstin pointed out to Fox Sports Detroit, contracts “cannot be registered with the league until July 5th (the first day of free agency), so any deal would be unofficial until that point.
Datsyuk currently holds the largest contract of any Red Wing at $6.7 million per season. That’s a realistic number for any extension, too, considering Datsyuk’s worth to the team. Only Henrik Zetterberg, at $6.083 million per year is even in the same ballpark as Datsyuk, money-wise. Jimmy Howard and Niklas Kronwall are next on the list at average salaries of $5.292 million and $4.750 million, respectively.