Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Where Is Datsyuk?

Pavel Datsyuk may be considered the future of the Red Wings, but right now it's hard to tell if he will even be back in Detroit. Today, Datsyuk practiced with Dynamo, a Russian team. GM Ken Holland is in a tight spot. Datsyuk wants a lot of money (at least $4 million, some reports state close to $5 million) and the Wings also need to resign Henrik Zetterberg. Both are quality players and the Wings are not the same team without them. But if Holland throws money at these guys, the Wings are going to be in a tough cap position for the next couple of years.

Right now, the Wings have a little under $10 million dollars left to spend on 6-7 guys (they have 15 players signed). The Wings can get under the cap by signing Datsyuk, Zetterberg and then filling the rest of the roster out with close to minimum salary. But Holland won't give in and throw lavish amounts of money at these guys.

Sources: Detroit Free Press, Soviet Sport (no link). The Free Press article says the Wings are negotiating with Chris Osgood but he has actually signed with the club. One year deal for $900,000.

Player Pages: Datsyuk, Zetterberg