DETROIT, April 6 (UPI) -- Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk, the team's leading scorer, has signed a seven-year contract extension with the NHL's Red Wings.
Datsyuk, 28, has 27 goals and 60 assists this season in helping Detroit to first place in the NHL's Western Conference. His contract extension is believed to be the longest in franchise history.
He has been with the Red Wings since 2001 and could have been a free agent at the end of this season.
"Pavel is one of the world's most skilled players and has developed into a bona fide superstar over the past two seasons," Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said. "We think securing Pavel, who is moving into the prime of his career, is key to ensuring the long-term success of this franchise."
Datsyuk led the Wings in scoring in last season with 28 goals and 59 assists for 87 points. He has shown improvement in each of his five seasons with Detroit, and has 108 goals and 220 assists in 362 career games.