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    Red Wings expect Datsyuk to re-sign
    By JIM IRWIN, Associated Press Writer
    September 20, 2005

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings expect restricted free agent center Pavel Datsyuk to re-sign with the club this weekend, general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday.

    Datsyuk and his agent, Gary Greenstin, have been negotiating since before the NHL lockout began on Sept. 16, 2004. Holland said Greenstin told him Monday, ``We have a deal.''

    Holland said he spoke Tuesday with the 27-year-old Russian.

    ``He's going to be in Detroit this weekend. When he arrives we expect him to sign the standard player's contract,'' Holland said.

    Detroit has offered Datsyuk a two-year deal worth $3.8 million per season, Holland said.

    Datsyuk signed a contract earlier this month with Avangard Omsk of the Russian SuperLeague. That contract was matched by Moscow Dynamo, another SuperLeague team that Datsyuk played with during the NHL lockout.

    An arbitration hearing to determine which of the Russian teams owned Datsyuk's rights was scheduled for Tuesday. But his desire to return to the Red Wings ``was certainly expressed to me by (Datsyuk and Greenstin) during the negotiations,'' Holland said.

    ``We're thrilled to have Pavel back in Detroit.''

    Datsyuk had a breakthrough season in 2003-04, finishing tied for the team lead in scoring with 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points.

    Datsyuk is the final major piece of the puzzle Holland faced under the league's new collective bargaining agreement and its $39 million salary cap -- about half of what Detroit has spent in the past. Holland re-signed another restricted free agent, forward Henrik Zetterberg, on Sept. 7, and brought back veteran centers Steve Yzerman, Kris Draper and Robert Lang.[/b][/quote]