Verlander got a laugh out of it.
"Haha. Thanks, man," Verlander tweeted back. "Dinner is on me."
Datsyuk is actually in the same contract situation Verlander faced before signing his extension. Datsyuk's deal expires after next season. Unlike Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League has a hard salary cap.
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