Datsyuk agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on Wednesday.
After once again flirting with a return to the Red Wings, Datsyuk will be staying in the KHL for another year. Considering the center will turn 41 this summer, it's probably safe to assume his time in the NHL has come to a close, though a 42-point campaign with SKA St. Petersburg last season will likely keep the rumor mill turning until the veteran announces his retirement. For now, Datsyuk will keep plying his trade in Russia, this time for his hometown club.
Datsyuk will continue playing hockey next season, and a reunion tour with the Red Wings is considered a possibility, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Datsyuk produced 918 points (314 goals, 604 assists) over 14 seasons with the Red Wings before forgoing the final year of his contract in July of 2016 -- the Coyotes ended up absorbing his $7.5 million cap hit to come closer to the cap floor with every intention of letting him play for SKA St. Petersburg, where he's been since the start of the 2016-17 campaign. There's always a chance that Datsyuk stays put in the KHL, but a dream scenario for Wings fans would include the "Magic Man" reuniting with the storied franchise following the path of another franchise legend, Steve Yzerman, who has officially succeeded Ken Holland as the general manager.
Datsyuk, whose KHL contract ends after this season, hasn't ruled out a return to the NHL next season, reports NHL.com.
"I can tell you Pavel is not ready to quit hockey in next few years," his agent, Dan Milstein, told Match TV in Russia. "So again, it's up to him, going to America or playing in the KHL." Datsyuk is 40, but he's still got it, at least in the KHL. He has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 44 KHL games this season. Datsyuk's game has slowed, so that will be a significant factor because the NHL has sped up significantly in the three years he has been gone.
Datsyuk signed a one-year contract extension with SKA St. Petersburgh of the KHL on Tuesday, hockeybuzz.com reports.
It was widely speculated that Datsyuk -- who'll presumably be a first-ballot NHL Hall of Famer -- would return to the Red Wings, but instead, he's returning to the club with whom he's played the past two seasons. The prolific two-way legend amassed 918 points (314 goals, 604 assists) through 953 games with Detroit between 2001-16.
Datsyuk (undisclosed) recorded two assists in as many games while representing Russia for the World Cup of Hockey.
Unfortunately for Datsyuk, he sustained an undisclosed injury and was unable to suit up for the semifinal against Team Canada, a contest that the Russians ended up losing. Before leaving his country for the World Cup in Toronto, the Magic Man registered a pair of three-point outings over six regular-season contests for SKA St. Petersburg.
Datsyuk (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's semifinal game against Team Canada, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
If Team Russia manages to move onto the finals, Datsyuk will garner a few more days to rest since the first game of the best-of-three series won't begin until Tuesday. The severity of his injury still remains unknown, so there's no guarantee he'll be available if Team Russia does indeed advance.
Datsyuk (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Team Russia's semifinal matchup with Team Canada on Saturday, CTV News reports.
Datsyuk missed Thursday's game against Finland due to the ailment but apparently a few more days of rest has brought optimism that he'll be good to go against Canada. The 38-year-old center has recorded two assists while helping the Russian team to a 2-1 record in the tournament. Check back closer to puck drop for a determination of Datsyuk's status.
Datsyuk picked up an undisclosed injury and will miss Team Russia's contest against Team Finland on Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Datsyuk, who is technically under contract with the Coyotes this year, moved back to Russia and will play in the KHL. Head coach Oleg Znarok described it as a "small injury" so the center should be available against Team Canada if they advance to the next stage of the competition.
Datsyuk officially signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Datsyuk put the Red Wings in a bind by forgoing the final year of his contract and leaving the team with a $7.5 million cap hit, but Ken Holland, Detroit's general manager, was able to trade that contract to the Coyotes during the draft in order for Arizona to come closer to the cap floor. As noted in the report, the 'Yotes have since granted Datsyuk the right to sign with the Russian club, and he'll make the equivalent to $3.9 million annually. At 37 years old, it's doubtful that the Magic Man will ever reappear in the NHL.
Datsyuk's contract was dealt to Arizona on Friday along with the 16th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Joe Vitale and the 20th and 53rd picks in 2016.
Just days after Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that he didn't believe he would be able to find a taker for Datsyuk's contract, he found one in 27-year-old Coyotes rookie GM John Chayka. Arizona needed to reach the salary cap floor of $54 million for next season so the club was easily able to absorb all of Datsyuk's contract. This allows the Wings to make a run at pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos when he hits the market on July 1.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has been talking to other teams about possibly acquiring Datsyuk's contract, but there isn't believed to be much interest due to the high cost, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
On Saturday, Datsyuk made the official announcement that he will not be returning to the Red Wings next season, corroborating rumors that he will head back to his native Russia. This leaves Detroit with a $7.5 million cap hit for 2016-17, which would fit best on a team that needs to reach the salary cap floor of $52.8 million before next season. According to Datsyuk's agent Dan Milstein, the star center declined a $2 million signing bonus due last February, saving the team money but not affecting the salary cap in any way.
Datsyuk made the official announcement Saturday that he will leave the Red Wings and return to Russia, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Just days before the Red Wings knew they'd make it to the playoffs for the 25th consecutive season, rumors -- now substantiated -- swirled that Datsyuk would bypass the final year of his contract and return to his native Russia to be with family. That may have been a distraction as The Magic Man was held pointless against the Lightning in the conference quarterfinals, an eventual series loss. Nonetheless, there's so much in the way of positives concerning Datsyuk and his career contributions to the Wings. Not only is he a two-time Stanley Cup champion and three-time All-Star, but Datsyuk is one of the craftiest two-way players the game has ever seen, having claimed the Selke Trophy three times to complement several more hardware pieces. He leaves behind a $7.5 million cap hit for 2016-17, though his agent reportedly thinks it can be traded.
Datsyuk is expected to address the media Saturday, likely confirming that he will not return to the Red Wings next season, TSN reports.
Datsyuk was given a deadline of mid-June to decide on his future, and here we are. While the needle currently is pointing toward The Magic Man leaving for Russia, there are plenty of questions that need to be addressed: will he play in the KHL, or maybe retire from hockey altogether? Fans of the two-time Stanley Cup champion might also be wondering if any teams would be willing to take on the final year of his contract, which comes with a $7.5 million cap hit in 2016-17. At this point, one can only speculate what will come of Datsyuk, but it should all unfold in Saturday's address.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has given Datsyuk a deadline of mid-June to decide whether he'll return next season, The Detroit News reports.
With eight points in seven games, Datsyuk is currently thriving in the IIHF World Championship, a competition held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. As noted in the report, if he decides to stay in his native country, the Red Wings would be on the hook for the $7 million remaining on his three-year contract, provided Holland doesn't work out a trade.
Datsyuk registered a goal and an assist Wednesday, helping Russia to a 4-1 win over Sweden at the World Championship.
Datsyuk has been on a roll in international play, providing his native country with a goal and seven helpers in as many games. His recent surge contributed to Russia tying the Czech Republic for the best record in the preliminary round. Numerous reports have indicated that Datsyuk may not return with the Red Wings next season, a decision that would leave the final year of his $22.5 million contract on the books. It's worth noting that Datsyuk fizzled offensively in the NHL playoffs, having been held off the scoresheet entirely in the quarterfinals against the Lightning. Consider keeping a close eye on "The Magic Man," as a return to Russia would have significant implications in terms of how the Red Wings approach the 2016-17 campaign.
Datsyuk was held without a point as the Lightning defeated the Wings through five games in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Thursday.
It's been widely reported that Datsyuk, who has one year remaining on a $22.5 million contract, is contemplating a return to his native Russia with the Wings' season in the books. The Magic Man's disappearing act in the playoffs would represent an anticlimactic ending to an illustrious NHL career if he does, in fact, hang it up. Datsyuk is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having brought Lord Stanley to Detroit in 2002 and 2008, plus he's earned the Lady Byng Memorial trophy four times and claimed the Selke hardware three consecutive seasons from 2008-10, on top of several more accolades. There's no denying the positive impact that Datsyuk has made on the game. One would think Wings general manager Ken Holland will give him plenty of time to make up his mind.
Datsyuk finished with a plus-1 rating, but was held off the scoresheet despite firing a team-high seven shots on goal in Wednesday's 3-2 playoff loss to the Lightning.
Datsyuk has always taken his game to new heights in the playoffs, and the 37-year-old forward seems to be doing so once again despite his advanced age. Datsyuk's line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader was by far Detroit's most effective unit in this game and should continue seeing plenty of ice time as the Red Wings look to upset Tampa Bay.
Datsyuk indicated that he's leaning toward leaving the Red Wings to return home to Russia following the current NHL season, Mlive.com reports. "I'm thinking I go home (sic) after this season," Datsyuk noted. "I may not be done with hockey, but - it is hard to say - I think I am done playing in NHL."
Datsyuk, who turns 38 on July 20, is coming off a season in which he recorded 16 goals and 49 points in 66 games for the Red Wings. The veteran forward has one year left on his contract with the team at a rate of $7.5 million, a cap figure that the Red Wings would be responsible for if Datsyuk does move on from the NHL. In such a scenario, however, his NHL rights could be traded to another team looking to comply with the league's salary cap floor. All that said, Datsyuk's agent Dan Milstein relayed that there are plans for the forward to talk with the Red Wings after the season and a potential change in heart can't be ruled out. "He's going to have a meeting with [Red Wings GM Ken] Holland and [owners] Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch at the conclusion of the season," Milstein noted, while adding "it's not over until it's over. This chapter is not closed right now."
Datsyuk may return to Russia after this season and play there to finish his career, reports CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
It will be for family reasons, states the report, leaving Datsyuk's $7.5 million salary on the Wings' books because he signed the deal after age 35. Datsyuk will sit down with the Wings' brass after the season to discuss. Keeper leaguers need to keep an eye on this situation. He's still producing at a high level, but he is 38.
Datsyuk notched a pair of assists in a 4-3 loss to the Canadiens on Tuesday.
Datsyuk is finishing the season on a high note, with nine points in his last eight games. He's been a little more streaky than usual this season, but still has 47 points in 61 games.
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