Daily Archives: June 18, 2013

Wings still have decisions to make on Cleary, Filppula and Brunner; White won’t be offered a contract

DETROIT — The Wings have a lot more decisions to make this offseason, mainly regarding unrestricted free agents Daniel Cleary, Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula.

“We have big decisions to make,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “We’ve got a push of kids. We’ve got 14 forwards under contract now. We’ll only carry 14. We know we have compliance buyouts at our disposal and I’ll explore trades.”

The 14 included restricted free agents Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson.

“If there’s a term and number that works for us, we’ll try to fit them in,” Holland said regarding the unrestricted free agent forwards. “If not, we’ll go in a different direction. We like all these players, but sometimes if there’s a better opportunity elsewhere a player’s got to pursue it.”

Holland did tell defenseman Ian White he won’t be re-signed.

Wings Ken Holland: “To have Pav go home all summer and have the uncertainty and all the rumors that goes along with Pav being back in Russia and going into the last year of his contract isn’t the way we want to do business.”

DETROIT – Pavel Datsyuk will be heading back to Russia in the next week or so.

And one thing Wings general manager Ken Holland didn’t want floating around out there were rumors of Datsyuk’s future in Detroit.

That’s why a deal was done before Datsyuk headed back to his native Russia, inking one of the league’s best two-way forwards to a three-year extension.

“To have Pav go home all summer and have the uncertainty and all the rumors that goes along with Pav being back in Russia and going into the last year of his contract isn’t the way we want to do business,” Holland said in a phone interview Tuesday.

The Wings and Datsyuk agreed in principal to a three-year extension worth $22.5 million.

The deal can’t be registered with the league until July 5, which is the first day of free agency.

“This agreement gives us the peace of mind that we have four more years of Pav, we’ve got more than four with Zetterberg, we have six with (Niklas) Kronwall and six with (Jimmy) Howard,” Holland said. “Z’s the captain, Pav is an assistant, Kronner’s an assistant and Howie is a goaltender who’s developed into a real important guy on and off the ice for us, a leader and a competitor and a guy that gives us a chance to win. The nucleus of our team is signed up through at least the next four years.”

Datsyuk, who turns 35 on July 20, has one-year left on a deal worth $6.7 million a season.

The extension, which has a salary-cap hit of $7.5 million, keeps Datsyuk in Detroit through at least the 2016-17 season and will make him the highest paid Wing.

Henrik Zetterberg, 32, has a deal that runs until after the 2020-21 season making an average salary of $6,083,333 million.

“Given how hard Pav works on his conditioning, day in and day out and Pav’s will and determination, I’m comfortable his game will continue to hold where it’s at for the term of the contract,” Holland said. “He’s a world class player. He’s in a small conversation of players that you would discuss being one of the best two-way players in the world.”

Datsyuk will make $10 million in the first year of the deal and then make $7 million the next year and $5.5 million the final year of the extension.

“We talked briefly when this deal is over he could keep doing one year deals like Nick Lidstrom, (Igor) Larionov and Yzerman,” Holland said. “I think from a security standpoint, Pav feels good about the security of a three-year deal and I think the Red Wings feel good about the security of a three-year deal. It’s nice to know we’re going to camp every year for the next four years and No. 13 is going to be out there on the ice.

“And Pav helps you win,” Holland continued. “He gets goals. He gets assists. But he does so much more. He’s a great shutdown center-ice man and as his career plays out he’s like a (Chris) Chelios or a Larionov, you just don’t gage his impact strictly on goals and assists, even though he is more than a point a game guy. He plays hard. He plays physical. He’s on the penalty kill. He blocks shots. We start out the penalty kill with him and 50-percent of the time he wins the draw and we shoot the puck down the ice. He does so many things. He steals the puck and next thing you know we’ve got the puck and we’re heading up ice.”

Datsyuk broke the signing himself on twitter, tweeting, “Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs. Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family.”

Holland had a few conversations with Datsyuk’s agent Gary Greenstin during the season, but both sides agreed that it would be best to focus on winning games and making the playoffs.

Holland met with Datsyuk a week ago and both felt comfortable doing a three-year extension.

“I wanted to be fair to Pav, he’s Russian and there’s a big league back home and there’s a lot of interest to get him to go back and play in the KHL,” Holland said. “I knew I had to have a security of a term that he felt good at and we felt good at as well.”

Greenstin flew into Detroit early Tuesday after finalized things with Holland and his client.

“I’m hoping that the game is growing and the cap starts to go north a little bit,” Holland said. “We gave him a little bit of an increase, but basically for planning purposes his new extension is a little bit more than what it is now, but it’s nothing that’s going to dramatically alter the makeup of the thinking of how we’re going to build the team.”

Datsyuk, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Wings, has 767 career points in 11 seasons. He’s won the Lady Byng Trophy (awarded for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct) four times and the Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) three times.

“Pav does so many things that helps you win, even as his career goes on he’ll continue to do that,” Holland said.

Datsyuk is a four-time NHL All-Star and was a nominee for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2009.

He’s also been on the Wings’ Stanley Cup winning teams in 2002 and 2008.

Greenstin told The Macomb Daily that both sides were “very close” to reaching a new agreement as he boarded a flight to Detroit on Monday night.

This after Datsyuk tweeted on Monday, “Big day tomorrow”.

Datsyuk said during the Wings’ end-of-season locker cleanout that he wanted to return to Detroit and added he would still like to end his career in Russia.

“I would love to finish (in Russia), give back to my friends and fans in Russia,” Datsyuk said.

In the Wings’ playoff series with Chicago, Greenstin shot down a report in Sovetsky Sport that his client had reached a tentative three-year agreement with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL after his contract expires next season with the Wings.

“It’s BS rumors,” Greenstin said at the time. “He can’t talk to anybody. He’s under contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Nobody is talking to any Russian team. There are rules and he’s under contract.”

Datsyuk agrees to a $23 million extension keeping him in Detroit through at least the 2016-17 season

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings have locked up an important piece to their success for another three years.

Pavel Datsyuk has agreed in principal to a three-year extension worth $23 million according his agent confirmed Tuesday in a phone interview.

The deal can’t be registered with the league until July 5, which is the first day of free agency because

Datsyuk broke the story himself on twitter, tweeting, “Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs. Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family.”

The Wings also confirmed the deal through a press release.

“We’re obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said in a press realease. “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 (Henrik) Zetterberg, Datsyuk and (Niklas) Kronwall.”

According to Greenstin, Datsyuk will make $10 million in the first year of the deal and then paid $7.5 million the next year and $5.5 million the final year of the extension.

The deal has a salary-cap hit of $7.66 million.

Datsyuk, who turns 35 on July 20, has one-year left on a deal worth $6.7 million a season.

Datsyuk, who was selected in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the Wings, has 767 career points in 11 seasons.

He’s won the Lady Byng Trophy, which is awarded for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, four consecutive seasons (2006-09) and he Selke Trophy (best defensive forward) three times (2008, 2009, 2010).

Datsyuk is a four-time NHL All-Star and was a nominee for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2009.

He’s also been on the Wings’ Stanley Cup winning teams in 2002 and 2008.

Greenstin told The Macomb Daily that both sides were “very close” to reaching a new agreement as he boarded a flight to Detroit on Monday night.

This after Datsyuk tweeted on Monday, “Big day tomorrow”.

“Of course it’s a big day, I’m flying to Detroit to have lunch together,” Greenstin told The Macomb Daily on Monday night just before taking off on a flight to Detroit. “I can tell you we are kind of close, me and Ken (Holland) and Pavel are very close.”

Datsyuk said during the Wings’ end of season locker cleanout that he wanted to return to Detroit.

“It’s not 100 percent, but I’m looking forward (to signing here),” Datsyuk said. “I would love to stay. I hope we agree and I sign new deal.

“This is my goal, but you never know how this goes,” Datsyuk continued. “I would love to finish (in Russia), give it back to my friends and fans in Russia. I hope I’ll be in good shape (then).”

Datsyuk made headlines when he made said his dream would be to finish his career in Russia, which many speculated meant leaving Detroit after this contract ran out.

“You asked me and I just answered it’s fun to be home, but one home to come to another home, when you play too much here, it’s nice to come back home (to Russia),” Datsyuk said.

Henrik Zetterberg, 32, has a deal that runs until after the 2020-21 season making an average salary of $6,083,333 million.

“My time is too long, you never know,” Datsyuk said when asked how long he’d like to play in the NHL. Hockey now is so competitive, so aggressive game. You never know. But I’m looking forward.”

In the Wings’ playoff series with Chicago, Greenstin shot down a report in Sovetsky Sport that his client had reached a tentative three-year agreement with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL after his contract expires next season with the Wings.

“It’s BS rumors,” Greenstin said at the time. “He can’t talk to anybody. He’s under contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

“Nobody is talking to any Russian team,” Greenstin continued. “There are rules and he’s under contract.”

Datsyuk has expressed feelings about returning to play in Russia one day.

“We have time,” Greenstin said. “If he stays here it will be with the Red Wings.”

Datsyuk and Wings are “very close” to an extension according to his agent

DETROIT – When Pavel Datsyuk tweets out something like, “Big day tomorrow”, it’s worth looking into.

And what was discovered should make Detroit Red Wings fans quite happy.

According to Datsyuk’s agent Gary Greenstin, both sides are “very close” to reaching a multi-year agreement, that can’t be registered with the league until July 5.

“Of course it’s a big day, I’m flying to Detroit to have lunch together,” Greenstin said in a phone interview just before taking off on a flight to Detroit. “I can tell you we are kind of close, me and Ken (Holland) and Pavel are very close.”

When asked again if they were really close, Greenstin added, “Yes, me and Ken, we’re kind of close. It goes like this in negotiations. You know what Pavel means to the Red Wings and what he likes about the Red Wings.”

Datsyuk, 34, will make $6.7 million in the final year of his contract.

“I hope there will be something soon,” said Greenstin, who’s based out of Los Angeles. “We’ll see. He would like to continue his career in Detroit. I don’t see a problem in negotiations.

“We’re talking every day,” Greenstin continued. “Maybe tomorrow (they’ll have a deal), maybe in a few days. We’re not in a hurry.”

Despite the deal not being able to be made official until July 5, both sides can negotiate.

“We’re close,” Greenstin said.

Datsyuk said during the Wings’ end of season locker cleanout that he wanted to return to Detroit.

“It’s not 100 percent, but I’m looking forward (to signing here),” Datsyuk said. “I would love to stay. I hope we agree and I sign new deal.

“This is my goal, but you never know how this goes,” Datsyuk continued. “I would love to finish (in Russia), give it back to my friends and fans in Russia. I hope I’ll be in good shape (then).”

Wings general manager Ken Holland said he would be talking to Greenstin during the time leading up to July 5.

“It’s very important, but obviously he’s got options too,” Holland said. “He’s got a year to go, we know he’s on the team next year. Negotiations are tough. Because the player’s trying to find out what’s fair for him and the team is trying to find out what competitively, what you think makes sense. So just because all of a sudden somebody says they want to stay doesn’t mean you’re going to have a contract done.”

Datsyuk made headlines when he made said his dream would be to finish his career in Russia, which many speculated meant leaving Detroit after this contract ran out.

“You asked me and I just answered it’s fun to be home, but one home to come to another home, when you play too much here, it’s nice to come back home (to Russia),” Datsyuk said.

Henrik Zetterberg, 32, has a deal that runs until after the 2020-21 season making an average salary of $6,083,333 million.

“My time is too long, you never know,” Datsyuk said when asked how long he’d like to play in the NHL. Hockey now is so competitive, so aggressive game. You never know. But I’m looking forward.”

In the Wings’ playoff series with Chicago, Greenstin shot down a report in Sovetsky Sport that his client had reached a tentative three-year agreement with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL after his contract expires next season with the Wings.

“It’s BS rumors,” Greenstin said at the time. “He can’t talk to anybody. He’s under contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

“Nobody is talking to any Russian team,” Greenstin continued. “There are rules and he’s under contract.”

Datsyuk has expressed feelings about returning to play in Russia one day.

“We have time,” Greenstin said. “If he stays here it will be with the Red Wings.”