NHL notes: Red Wings re-sign Datsyuk

Pavel Datsyuk appears to be nearing a new contract extension with the Red Wings. (Jim Wells/QMI...

Pavel Datsyuk appears to be nearing a new contract extension with the Red Wings. (Jim Wells/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 8:52 PM ET

The Datsyukian One, as he’s affectionately known to Detroit Red Wings fans, agreed to a three-year extension in the Motor City Tuesday.

Pavel Datsyuk, who has played each of his 779 career NHL games in a Wings uniform, will be under contract through the 2016-17 season. The deal doesn’t kick in until the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

When the time comes, the 34-year-old three-time Frank Selke Trophy winner will have a $7.5 million cap hit because of the $22.5 million deal.

The signing squashes swirling rumours stating Datsyuk was considering a contract offer from the Kontinental Hockey League.

“I had my exit interview last week with Pav and we talked a little bit,” Detroit general manager Ken Holland said in a statement. “He called his agent and in the next few days we were able to get the extension done.”

In typical contemporary athlete style, Datsyuk took to Twitter to announce the news: “Signed 3 yr. extension. Detroit, glad to be here for 4 more yrs. Thanks to our fans, friends and Ilitch family.”

SHARKS LOCK UP COUTURE: REPORT

With Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton nearing the twilight of their NHL careers, the San Jose Sharks are in need of a franchise player.

They may have found one in Logan Couture.

The Sharks have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the skillful centre, according to TSN. The deal, which cannot be made official until July 5, is supposedly worth $30 million.

Couture still has a season left on a two-year, $5.75 million deal that was signed in 2012.

The 24-year-old from London, Ont. is rumoured to be next in line to wear the “C” in San Jose.

He shared the team lead in goals in 2013 with Thornton, scoring 21. He was second in points with 37.

FLAMES ACQUIRE COLLEGE PROSPECT FROM CATS

The Calgary Flames have scooped up one of the most sought after college prospects, announcing Tuesday the acquisition of Corban Knight.

Knight, a 22-year-old out of the University of North Dakota, landed in Calgary through a trade with the Florida Panthers. The Flames moved a fourth-round draft pick in June 30’s draft in exchange for Corban.

"Corban Knight is a player our scouts have been watching closely throughout his collegiate career," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "When Florida did not sign Corban this spring, we contacted them and asked for permission to speak with him.”

The High River, Alta., native was a top 10 finalist for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, which is handed out each year to the most outstanding player in the NCAA.

Feaster says the Flames are “confident” they’ll be able to sign Corban when permitted in July.

Corban was selected by the Panthers in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL draft. He accumulated 146 points in 161 games for North Dakota.

KINGS REWARD VOYNOV WITH HEFTY DEAL

Slava Voynov won’t forget June 18 – the day he got paid.

Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings announced Voynov, 23, has re-signed with the club.

The six-year deal, worth $25 million, comes on the heels of an impressive 2013 post-season for the defenceman. Voynov tied star forward Jeff Carter for most points by a King in this year’s playoffs with 13 in 18 games.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Russian also posted the most goals ever in a playoff season for a Kings defenceman (six), with four being game-winners.

In the 2012-13 regular season, his second in the NHL, Voynov played in all 48 games, recording new career highs in most categories, including points with 25.

BRIEFLY

Washington Capitals assistant coach Tim Hunter has been given permission to speak with other teams, according to the Washington Post, signaling his likely departure … The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Tuesday Ryan Murray’s injured shoulder is back to 100%. The 19-year-old defenceman will be completely ready for training camp … Washington Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, hired ex-Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland Tuesday as its new head coach … Ray Bourque’s son, Chris Bourque, a Boston Bruins winger, signed with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL on Tuesday … Nashville Predators forward Kevin Henderosn signed a two-year, two-way deal Tuesday


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