Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Datsyuk signs

Red Wings GM Ken Holland stayed in daily contact with Datsyuk's agent,
catching a break when Russian politics entered the picture.

(CP) -- Suddenly the Detroit Red Wings feel a whole lot better about
their chances this season after getting star centre Pavel Datsyuk back
into the fold.

For GM Ken Holland, it was a tortuous month of negotiations and a
roller-coaster of emotions before finally plucking the silky smooth
playmaker out of Russia.

"I spoke to Pavel this morning," Holland said Tuesday from Detroit.
"It's all confirmed. He's coming back. We certainly feel like we've
won the lottery."

Datsyuk, a restricted free agent, agreed to a two-year deal worth a
little more than $3.8 million US a season. It ends a bizarre soap
opera that had many twists and turns, including two clubs in Russia
fighting over his rights and also offering a multi-million dollar

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