Pavel Datsyuk has signed a  3-year extension worth $22.5M. He will carry a $7.5M cap hit starting in 2014-15. The deal can’t be officially announced until July 5 due to the fact that Datsyuk has one year at $6.7 million remaining on his current contract.

Datsyuk is considered to be one of the best two-way forwards in the game today, having won the Frank J. Selke Trophy in the 2007–08, 2008–09, and 2009–10 NHL season. Datsyuk also won four consecutive Lady Byng Memorial Trophies from 2006–09 for performance and sportsmanship. He was nominated for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player following the 2008–09 season. Datsyuk won the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2008 with the Red Wings.

This year, as the NHL entered its second lockout in 8 years, Datsyuk followed other prominent names such as Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin to head overseas. Datsyuk signed with HC CSKA Moscow of the KHL in September. Datsyuk tallied 36 points in 31 games before joining Detroit for the 2012-2013 NHL campaign, recording 49 points in 47 games.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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