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Wings sign Datsyuk to 7-year deal

Friday, 04.6.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings sign Datsyuk to 7-year deal
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80