The four-time All-Star and 2009 MVP finalist has 255 goals and 767 points during a career in which he has led a talented team in scoring six times. Datsyuk is sixth on the franchise’s all-time scoring list, trailing Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio, Nicklas Lidstrom and Sergei Fedorov.
Lidstrom’s jersey will head to the storied rafters of Joe Louis Arena next season and Datsyuk’s will, too, after he hangs up his skates.
Holland is thrilled that won’t be any time real soon.
“This deal ensures that Pavel will be in Detroit for the next four years,” he said. “His accomplishments over the past 11 seasons demonstrate what a truly dynamic player he is. His work ethic is second to none.”
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