Pavel Datsyuk's Last NHL Game?
Has Pavel Datsyuk played his last NHL game? If so, the CBC's Tim Wharnsby has an excellent look at Pavel Datsyuk: Hockey's Silent Killer:
The Detroit Red Wings star confided to Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom earlier this month that this likely would be his swan song in Motown. Datsyuk, who turns 38 on July 20, wants to return to his native Russia to be closer to his 13-year-old daughter Elizabeth from his first marriage.
He may or may not continue to play in Russia next season, but he plans to skate away from the $7.5 million US in salary he would be due in the final season of his contract with Detroit. He feels terrible that this will count against the Red Wings' salary cap, but his homeland has beckoned since he played for CSKA Moscow in 2012, when the NHL season didn't start on time because of a lockout.
Here's the full story.