Detroit Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk has agreed to a three-year contract extension.
The deal will keep the 34-year-old in Detroit through the 2016-17 season. He can't sign officially sign until July 5 because he was entering the final year of his current deal.
General manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press the deal is for $22.5 million, with an annual salary cap hit of $7.5 million.
"We're thrilled," Holland told the paper. "We think Pav is one of the best two-way forwards in the world. To know he is committed to us for four more years is a tremendous relief. This gives us peace of mind."
He led Detroit with 15 goals and 49 points in the lockout-shortened, 48-game season. He helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2008. He said he wanted to remain with the Red Wings instead of returning to Russia after the 2013-14 season.
Detroit now has four core players locked up for several years: Datsyuk, captain Henrik Zetterberg, defenseman Niklas Kronwall, and goaltender Jimmy Howard.