The Detroit Red Wings fell short of making it the Stanley Cup this year but they made a move to ensure they remain as competitive as they were this year moving forward. Detroit and star forward Pavel Datsyuk announced a three-year, $23 million contract extension that keeps the Wings forward in Detroit until at least the 2016-17 season.
— Pavel Datsyuk (@Datsyuk13) June 18, 2013
It’s a potentially risky move for the Red Wings as Datsyuk will be 35 years old this upcoming season and even if he retires the Wings will be on the hook for his salary cap hit for each of the remaining years on his new deal. The same goes for if Datsyuk is injured in the line of duty and has to miss significant portions of a season.
But with a star leader like Datsyuk, the reward of what he brings to the team far outweighs any risk involved in extending him the way that they did. Detroit came out of nowhere it seemed to make a run at a Stanley Cup this year and Datsyuk’s talent and leadership had a lot to do with that and where the Wings ended up.
The hope is that he’ll continue to bring that with this new extension and Red Wings fans have every reason in the world to have faith that he will.