GM Ken Holland made the announcement on Wednesday, dealing his surging Wings a tough blow as they continue in the thick of the playoff race in the East. Datsyuk has been dealing with a knee issue for some time and it kept him out for a few weeks after the Winter Classic. He returned just before the Olympics and played for Russia in Sochi looking pretty good but apparently it's still an issue.
At least the Wings did get some help to fill in at center on Wednesday. They landed David Legwand from the Nashville Predators for Patrick Eaves, Calle Jarnkrok and a third-round pick in 2014. It's a steep price for an aging forward like Legwand but they need some help on offense. They are also expecting Stephen Weiss back any day to try and hold them over down the middle without their top two guys.
Legwand, who is from Detroit, is the all-time leader in Predators history in goals, points and just about every other category he is eligible for. But this season he has just 10 goals for the Preds.