Red Wings Reach Deal with Pavel Datsyuk

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Kirk Irwin/Getty Images(DETROIT) — Pavel Datsyuk will be staying in Detroit. The Red Wings and Datsyuk agreed on a three-year contract Tuesday.

The extension is worth $22.5 million total, according to  Datsyuk cannot sign the deal until July 5 because he is in the last year of his current contract.

“We’re obviously thrilled to extend the contract of the best two-way player in the National Hockey League,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.

“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,” Holland continued.

The four-time All-Star scored 15 goals and 49 points in the 48-game shortened season.

The Red Wings were eliminated by the Blackhawks in the second round of the playoffs.

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