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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