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Wings sign Datsyuk to 7-year deal

Friday, 04.6.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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DETROIT -- Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced the team has signed center Pavel Datsyuk to a seven-year contract. In keeping with club policy, specific terms of the deal are not available.

Datsyuk, 28, is one of the National Hockey League's most electrifying players and has been the Red Wings' most productive player over the last two seasons. He led the Wings in scoring in 2005-06 with 28 goals and 59 assists for 87 points, and is currently leading the team in points -- collecting 27 goals and 60 assists for 87 points through 78 games.

"Pavel is one of the world's most skilled players and has developed into a bona fide superstar over the past two seasons," Holland said. "We think securing Pavel, who is moving into the prime of his career, is key to ensuring the long-term success of this franchise."

As the Red Wings head into their final game of the regular-season, Datsyuk has already established new career-highs in assists (60) and games played (78). Since 2005-06, Datsyuk ranks seventh in the NHL in assists (119), 12th in points per game (1.14) and 13th in points (174). Datsyuk has played all 362 of his NHL games in a Red Wings uniform.

"I am very pleased to announce that I am continuing my hockey career with the Detroit Red Wings by signing a seven-year contract," Datsyuk said. "This contract was extremely important to me. Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001."

A five-year veteran of the NHL, Datsyuk won the Stanley Cup in his first season in the League (2001-02). He had a breakout season in 2003-04, scoring a career-high 30 goals on his way to his first NHL All-Star Game selection. In 2005-06, Datsyuk won the Lady Byng Trophy and represented Russia in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Statements from Pavel Datsyuk regarding the signing: "Thank you to all the Red Wings fans for supporting me through the years. Red Wings fans are the best fans in the world."

"I would like to thank my former and present teammates with who I share the ice. I am honored to continue playing with this great organization. I would also like to thank all the coaching staff, starting from the very beginning of my career to present."

"A big thank you to Mr. Ilitch, Mr. Devellano, Ken Holland, Jim Nill and Steve Yzerman. I would especially like to thank Gary Greenstin, my agent and friend."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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