Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
3 months ago

Datsyuk signed a one-year contract extension with SKA St. Petersburgh of the KHL on Tuesday, hockeybuzz.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

Datsyuk (undisclosed) recorded two assists in as many games while representing Russia for the World Cup of Hockey.

EDGE Analysis

Unfortunately for Datsyuk, he sustained an undisclosed injury and was unable to suit up for the semifinal against Team Canada, a contest that the Russian's 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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

Datsyuk (undisclosed) will not play in Saturday's semifinal game against Team Canada, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

Datsyuk (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Team Russia's semifinal matchup with Team Canada on Saturday, CTV News reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

Datsyuk picked up an undisclosed injury and will miss Team Russia's contest against Team Finland on Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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. At 37 years old, it's doubtful that the Magic Man will ever reappear in the NHL.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

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 the 2016 draft.

EDGE Analysis

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 they were 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.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

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, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 could be of interest to 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 this past February, saving the team money but not affecting the salary cap in any way.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

On Saturday, Datsyuk officially announced that he will leave the Red Wings and return to Russia, Ansar Khan of Mlive.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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 four-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 hardware pieces. He leaves behind a $7.5 million cap hit for 2016-17, though his agent reportedly thinks it can be traded.

Pavel Datsyuk
C FA
2 years ago

Datsyuk is expected to address the media Saturday, likely confirming that he will not return to the Red Wings next season, TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.