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redwingsDetroit, Mich. — Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with center Pavel Datsyuk on a three-year contract extension.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.  Datsyuk has one year remaining on his current contract.  The terms of the three-year extension will activate at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.

Datsyuk, 34, was selected by Detroit in the sixth round (171st overall) of the 1998 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native recently completed his 11th season in Hockeytown.  Through 779 career NHL games, Datsyuk has posted 767 career points (255G-512A-767P) and has led Detroit in scoring six times.  He captured the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s best defensive forward three times (2008, 2009, 2010) and won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct in four consecutive seasons from 2006-09, becoming just the second player in NHL history to do so.  Datsyuk has been selected to play in four NHL All-Star Games (2004, 2008, 2009, 2012) and was a nominee for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2009.  He won the NHL’s plus-minus award in 2008 (+41) and was selected as a Second Team NHL All-Star in 2008-09.  Datsyuk has captured two Stanley Cup championships while donning the winged wheel in 2002 and 2008.

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