Well, At Leat All Russians Aren't Money Grubbing…

This story is really only worthy of news for one reason: it proves that not all NHL players are greedy money grubbers, and some actually respect the organizations they play for. And, it gives me another opportunity to rave about Datsyuk.Pavel Datsyuk has been offered a contract by his old team, the same Kazan team that may lure Dmitri Bykov back w/ a tax free 2 year contract for one million dollars, that he describes simply as “huge”. His agent, Gary Greenstein, won’t reveal exactly how big the offer was, except for “six digits tax free” per season and “much more than Bykov”, obviously a substantial offer.

However, Datsyuk refuses the sign the contract to give him leverage in negotiations for his new contract w/ the Wings, b/c he respects the organization “very much”.

I mean, when is the last time you’ve heard any pro athlete turn down an opportunity for contract leverage for more money b/c he respects the organization too much? That right there put a smile on my face, and made me realize once again, goddamn, I love Pavel Datsyuk. Now, why can’t certain other Russians be this nice in negotiations? (not naming names, I’m sure you can use your imaginations).

The respect apparently flows both ways. Holland replied that, “Where I’m prepared to go is way north of where I think I would normally with a player with no arbitration rights and no real leverage other than to withhold services.”

Its good to know that when we get back from the lockout, there are some players out there who at least care about the hockey and not just the money. And damn, the potential for Datsyuk keeps on rising through the roof. Mix his talents with that type of character and unselfishness…

Ah well, I’ll get off my soap box. Just one of those nice, heart lifting stories in a sea of greed and buisiness.

Oh yeah, Fedorov is so out of here. Just thought I’d let you guys know, in case any of you are stupid enough to want him.

13 Responses to Well, At Leat All Russians Aren't Money Grubbing…

  1. bender says:

    UMMM…..hate to point this out….BUT….

    Bykov’s deal is for 2 years/1,000,000…….notice in 1 million, there are 7 (seven) digits.

    How does Datsyuk’s huge “6 digit tax free”, per season, contract seem bigger.

    Are 6 figures more in Russia than here in the Good old NA??? is that why it’s “much more than Bykov’s”.

    Cause iF I’m doing the math right from what you’ve wrote. I’m pretty sure Datysuk has passed up on a crappier deal than what Bykov is being offered, which isn’t to say he’s taking one for the wings or the NHL. He’s taking one for himself and going with the guys who can offer him more money. PLus I’m sure he already makes 7 figures in NA, or will!!!

    And let’s see, America land of the free, or Mother Russia home of the KGB. Hmmmm….tough one there. HOw many Russians are talking about going home to play raise there kids in Russia. Not nearly as many other Europeans do, I’m prettysure.

  2. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    1st off—1,000,000 for 2 years = 500,000

    That is, count them with me if you can keep up, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 digits per year! Maybe Sesame Street airs in you region.

    It would help with your counting skills and may even help with your inability to form a complete sentence.

    Make sure you have your shit straight before you attempt to rag someone with more intelect than you conjure up!

  3. Freeze says:

    Isn’t 500,000 six digits?? How did you come up with 5 digits??

    Let’s review:

    1,000,000 = 7 digits

    500,000 = 6 digits

    You aren’t related to that guy who can only count to 21 with both hands, both feet, and his fly down, are you?

  4. tsaler says:

    I was just about to say, but I had to go log in first, and by the time I got back, you’d made this post.

    Seriously… okay, it’s one thing to make a mistake. It’s another thing to trash somebody for making a mistake. But making the same or similar mistake in your own correction dubs you liable to be named RETARD OF THE MONTH.

    Please, Mr. Peanut Butter Man, don’t let yourself become RETARD OF THE MONTH. It’s just too painful to have one of these come up even during the off-season. The least you could’ve done is to be like the other former RETARDS OF THE MONTH and rave that every free agent that has ever existed, regardless of how insanely inflated their contract is, will be signed by the Maple Leafs. At least that way, you know, you’d have a crowd or something.


  5. bender says:

    NO NO, mon frere, make sure you have your shit straight up before attempting to rag on someone with more intellect (notice the spelling) than you can conjure up.

    Like Freeze and the other dude was going to say, 500,000 is actually 6 digits….not 5.

    And yes, I may have misread it wrong, but if Aaron would have wrote 1,000,000 for 2years like you did, than I wouldn’t have taken it the wrong way.

    So no, I’m not a reading genious and neither are you a counting genious. Even your attempt to blast my counting skills makes you look all the more of an ass. But your forgiven.

    Yes, sesame street was in my area, but I was too busy staring at Jesse at my tender young age, than worry about what a bunch of stupid puppets were trying to do.

    Besides, my point was made (without resorting to demeaning tactics….like you have…which actually reflects your intellect even more) and in the end, He’s blowing the whole Datsyuk/Russia offer out of porpotion. Bykov is offered 500,000 and apparently, according to Aaron, Datsyuk is being offered an even bigger 6 figure contract, which could be a maximum of $999,999 tax free. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure the Wings can pay a hell of a lot more than that to keep Datysuk, perhaps even, seven figures. SO his stance is purely BS. It does not prove whatsoever that not all Russians aren’t money grubbing bastards. Although the real statement is true, not all are, Aaron just hasn’t proved it yet.

    2 more lessons for you genious….

    Your defending a guy who mispelled Least (leat)!!!

    Secondly, WHen a guy signs a contract, they usually do take the bigger number (ie. 1,000,000) as the figure, so it really is a 7 figure deal, it doesn’t matter how many years the deal is for.

    Case in point, when a guy like Shaq or good old AROD signs a deal. They go by how big the money pot is, say 250,000,000 over 10 years, sure it works out to be 25 million a season, but they don’t say it’s a 8 figure deal, DO THEY?? No, they say it’s a 9 figure deal over 10 years.

    There lesson learned, nice try, please talk to me nicer, or I won’t be nicer next time either.

  6. peanut_butter_shelf says:

    Keep it coming. I just tuned in to Sesame street and I am working on the counting thing!!!

    6 is a big number, I almost got all the way there.

    Holy shit, to think I am playing with 10 digit numbers in between playing around on this web site. I think my company may want to check my math!

  7. dkball7 says:

    he meant 6 didgets PER SEASON you moron

  8. aaron says:

    First off, as the rest of them mentioned, Bykov’s for 500,000 a year, which is six digits. Datsyuk would be making a number I would assume around the 2 million dollars a year.

    BUT you fail to appreciate how powerful “tax free” is. NHL players get a good chunk of their salary docked for taxes. Holland would have to offer a pretty big contract for a 3rd year player w/ no arbitration rights to match that.

    Anyway, its the spirit of the things.

  9. aaron says:

    While you guys are all ripping on each other for being morons, I’m the one who’s the dumb ass here. I read 6 digit, thought 7 digit. Alright, I see your point bender. There’s still the tax free thing, but I you’re right, I got overexcited over it. My bad.

  10. dlo44 says:

    thae fact that they released this information is a leverage tactic. if he didnt want to use it, we would never know there was an offer. not sure what he is making now, but he has just started the bidding at 1 million per, or else he can just go sign the contract he is offered by kazan, which i doubt has been taken off the table.

    just curious who let the cat out of the bag, his agent, most likely. they can put a spin on anything

  11. defenestrate says:

    “Retard Of The Month”! Could we vote on it, and all chip in and get the person something (like a thesaurus)?

  12. defenestrate says:

    Psst – it’s “genius”. You were nice to him, though…

  13. bender says:

    It’s all good Aaron, i wasn’t trying to rip on you, I just thought you were getting a little ahead of yourself. And wanted to point out a few things. I wasn’t trying to be mean or anything, I only spit venom when I’m attacked, such as I did to peanut.

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