Posts tagged “Pavel Datsyuk”

Three More Years of Datsyuk

On top of the year remaining on his current contract.¬†Pavel announced today that he and the team have come to an agreement on a three-year extension. He can’t put pen to paper until July 5th, but this is the next thing to officially official.

It’s reportedly worth $22.5 million, $10 million of which would be his in the first year. At a team-high cap hit of $7.5 million, it is a vote of confidence in Datsyuk, who will be 38 when this deal runs out. But barring an injury that turns him into a shadow of himself, I wouldn’t expect his play to drop off so far in that span that it wouldn’t have been worth going with this deal in 2013.

So, as far as gambles go, this is a good one, though there is certainly room for criticism. But I’m not personally worked up over it.¬†While this is a higher-than-usual (likely) last contract, Pavel Datsyuk is not latter-days Steve Yzerman, where his value is measured mostly in legacy overhead and leadership rather than production.

If he takes a completely unexpected nosedive or blows up his knee or something, we can all ream Ken Holland for not foreseeing the future of one of the league’s current best players.

But that would be kind of ridiculous, because if everybody operated under that level of suspicion of the future, there would be no deals longer than a year in sports. All Holland can do is factor his age into the “Datsyuk = really freaking good” equation. It should surprise no-one who’s watched his career the outcome is “still likely to be.”

Still, the future finance question is there.

Which is why we can thank the owners for putting a cap-shaped shadow on what should be a day of unfettered celebration: the Wings have the core locked up through 2017. That’s not quite enough, as this year’s failed (yet valuable from an experience standpoint) run demonstrated, but it’s a very good start.

Oh, and I wonder if any of the Griffins playing in the Calder Cup Finals will get to benefit from three additional years of Datsyuk.

Post-Lockout Return Test

If the linked-above video of Pavel Datsyuk owning it in the KHL doesn’t stir something in you, you’ve already left the game and the lockout has won.

Otherwise, I’ll see you for game one of whatever number we end up getting whenever we end up getting them.

Lockout Hockey Options

JJ introduces the lockout, but also has a breakdown of the Wings who have suggested they’ll seek to play elsewhere during the lockout. The first official move by a player consists of Pavel Datsyuk signing with Ak Bars Kazan.

Everybody stay safe and healthy, please.

Relive the Moment

So, we missed the game due to the birthing class as I said we would. But we caught the last 12 minutes on the radio. And when that faceoff after the puck went into the bench came up, I said “come on, guys, do it.”

And this is what they did.

So. Awesome.

I could watch that play at any point in the rest of my life and still love it: the way Nick sees Z out of the corner of his eye and puts it to that spot along the boards. The way Z immediately rifles it across to Pavel. The way Pavel undresses Ryan Suter and snipes Pekka Rinne. Incredible.

I don’t know what happened the rest of the game. But that moment was sweet. The Wings have something this year: a certain clutchness. It’s great.

Anyway, before we head out to the second birthing class session this morning, three things:

  1. Someone tell Ryan Suter that the only way he avoids that ever happening again in public to him is to sign with Detroit.
  2. Have Ken Kal and Paul Woods changed formats? Seemed like they were taking turns with calling the game and offering color. As someone who has been conditioned to exclusively associate “on-ice events” with Kal and “uh analysis uh” with Woods, it was weird.
  3. See the description of the video I’ve linked here. How does Fox Sports opt to put the terrible Pistons on the main channel versus the Wings? Stupid.

Datsyuk, Howard Sit Out Practice

Ansar Khan had a couple suggestive tweets before he and other media found out that it was just a rest day for those two rather than some kind of cruel injury situation. Honest mistake.

Apparently, Babcock told John Keating last night that they’d get the day off. It wasn’t part of regular media comments and he must not have touched on it in the media scrum.