Pavel Datsyuk nearing contract extension with Red Wings

Gregory Shamus

Star forward Pavel Datsyuk is nearing a contract extension with the Red Wings, according to his agent.

The Detroit Red Wings are nearing the completion of an extension with star forward Pavel Datsyuk, according to multiple reports early on Tuesday morning.

Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstein, told Ansar Khan of MLive.com that the two sides are close to an extension that would keep Datsyuk in Detroit beyond next season. Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted that the deal would likely be three years in length. Datsyuk is entering the final year of a seven-year, $46.9 million contract and would become an unrestricted free agent next season.

If McKenzie is accurate in the term of the new pending agreement, Datsyuk would remain with the Red Wings through the 2016-17 season.

Greenstein told Khan that he was flying into Detroit on Monday to speak with Red Wings manager Ken Holland. The agent stated that there was a good possibility that an agreement would be reached by week's end. The extension can be verbally agreed to, but can't be submitted to the league before July 5.

Datsyuk appears to be under the impression that the deal will come together on Tuesday:

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