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Pavel Datsyuk | Center | #13

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 194
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 6 (171) / DET
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Detroit GM Ken Holland doesn't expect Pavel Datsyuk will be back next year.
He said that based on "past conversations" with Datsyuk and agent Dan Milsten, "I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back." He has one season remaining on his contract and if he leaves then the Red Wings will be left with his $7.5 million cap hit. He is expected to talk with Detroit after the World Championship about his decision. Apr 26 - 3:06 PM

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Pavel Datsyuk intends to meet with Detroit GM Ken Holland after the World Championships.

He will make a decision on his future after the tournament. Henrik Zetterberg said he has "good idea" of what Datsyuk will choose, but he wouldn't say. Still, it seems like Datsyuk will be in Russia next season based on all the speculation that has built up since it was mentioned as a possibility.
Apr 25 - 1:43 PM

Pavel Datsyuk will reportedly play for Team Russia in the 2016 World Championships.

With the Red Wings' playoff run over, Datsyuk's future remains unclear. He'll turn 38 in July and hasn't committed to returning for the 2016-17 campaign despite having a season left on his three-year, $22.5 million contract. He might decide to retire or play in the KHL next season, which would allow him to spend time with his 13-year-old daughter that lives in Russia, rather than continue his NHL career. If Datsyuk doesn't report to training camp, Detroit could suspend him to avoid paying his salary. It's also possible that they might trade him to a small market team interested in absorbing that cap hit to more easily stay above the floor.
Apr 22 - 4:12 PM

Pavel Datsyuk said he will take some time think about his future.

"I'm not thinking about two days or how many days," Datsyuk said after Detroit was knocked out of the postseason by Tampa Bay. "I need a little bit cool down and emotions go out and start thinking about it more." It originally sounded like he was leaning towards heading back to Russia for family reasons, but it appears as though he is wrestling with the decision a bit.
Apr 22 - 8:00 AM

Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 on Thursday night.

Datsyuk was held off the scoresheet in all five games of the series, only the second time in the centre's legendary 14-year career that has happened. Though the 37-year-old is still under contract, Datsyuk may have played his last game in the NHL, as he is considering moving back to Russia to be closer to his family. Datsyuk finishes with 113 points in 157 career playoff games and two Stanley Cups.
Apr 21 - 10:17 PM

Pavel Datsyuk hasn't recorded a point after four games against Tampa Bay in the postseason.

The 37-year-old forward could be playing in his last game in a Detroit uniform on Thursday night if the Lightning win and he chooses to retire from the NHL. Datsyuk had seven shots in Game 1 and he has recorded eight in three games since then.
Apr 21 - 7:39 AM

Pavel Datsyuk skated alongside Henrik Zetterberg in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

"It's fun every time we have a chance to play, and in the playoffs, it's pretty exciting," Zetterberg said. The Red Wings want to get their offense going, but neither of them hit the scoresheet in a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Apr 14 - 11:08 AM

Pavel Datsyuk's return to Russia isn't a done deal, according to his agent Dan Milstein.

He said that Datsyuk could still play for the Red Wings next season and finish the final year of his contract. "Never say never," Milstein said, "Until that plane (to Russia) is up in the air. Obviously, at the conclusion of this season, Pavel will sit down with (Detroit GM) Ken Holland and Mr. and Mrs. Ilitch – he has such respect for all of them – and they'll discuss the future." Holland won't comment on the situation until after the playoffs and Datsyuk is focused on the postseason as well. The decision may not be final yet, but it certainly seems like Datsyuk is leaning towards going back to Russia for family reasons.
Apr 11 - 10:12 AM

Pavel Datsyuk confirmed that he will be leaving the Red Wings and the NHL after the playoffs.

Datsyuk said he's been wrestling with this decision for a while now. He wanted to go back to Russia before last season, but a conversation with GM Ken Holland and out of respect for the Ilitch family he decided to play another year. Datsyuk has one year remaining on his contract that kicked in when he was 36-years-old. Because his new deal began after he turned 35, the Wings will be on the hook for his $7.5 million cap hit next season. "I’m thinking I go home after this season," he said. "I may not be done with hockey, but — it is hard to say — I think I am done playing in NHL." The 37-year-old wants to reunite with his family in Russia. He has a 13-year-old daughter (in Russia) that he wants to be able to see on a daily basis. Datsyuk has 314 goals and 918 points in 953 games throughout his NHL career.
Apr 10 - 10:00 AM

Pavel Datsyuk didn't confirm or deny the rumors that he could head over to Russia after the 2015-16 season because of family reasons.

"I have one more year contract and we have three games left this year," Datsyuk said Monday. "This is more focus for me now. I'm not looking at next year." He has expressed interest in finishing his career in Russia, but he isn't going to talk about the situation while Detroit looks to keep their playoff streak alive.
Apr 4 - 6:11 PM

Detroit GM Ken Holland said the story involving Pavel Datsyuk was mainly "rumors."

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Saturday night that Datsyuk is considering going back to Russia after this season. "I haven't talked to Pavel, he has a year to go (on his contract)," Holland said. "Are the rumors news to me? I hear a lot of rumors. There were rumors last summer. There were rumors the summer before. There will be rumors next summer. There were rumors on Nicklas Lidstrom (returning to Sweden) for about three years. It's all rumors." Holland plans to speak with Datsyuk one-on-one at the end of the season just like he will do with all the players on the Red Wings.
Apr 4 - 9:55 AM

There’s a "legitimate chance" that Pavel Datsyuk will go back to Russia and sign with a KHL team, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman said it would be for family reasons. MLive's Ansar Khan reached out to Datsyuk’s agent, Dan Milstein: "Pavel is concentrating on helping his team to make the playoffs and winning another Stanley Cup for the Red Wings," Milstein said. "Pavel also has one more year left on his NHL contract. We will sit down with Ken Holland at the conclusion of the season for our annual year end meeting." Datsyuk has 16 goals and 47 points this season. If he left, the Wings would be on the hook for his $7.5 million cap hit.
Source: The Score
Apr 2 - 9:39 PM

Pavel Datsyuk left Friday night's game for a period as he was cut by a high stick.

MinMinnesota's Nino Niederreiter clipped him with a stick and Datsyuk needed to be stitched up as he was bleeding fairly badly. The good news is that Datsyuk returned to the game and seems to be fine. nesota's Nino Niederreiter clipped him with a stick and Datsyuk needed to be stitched up as he was bleeding fairly badly. The good news is that Datsyuk returned to the game and seems to be fine.
Apr 2 - 10:13 AM

Pavel Datsyuk had two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

The Red Wings dropped two huge points in Montreal tonight. Datsyuk is doing his best to get the Red Wings into the post-season with nine points in his last eight games. The loss leaves the Red Wings level on points with the Flyers for the final Wild Card spot in the East. Gustav Nyquist, Anthony Mantha, and Mike Green were the goal scorers for the Wings tonight.
Mar 29 - 10:31 PM

Pavel Datsyuk registered an assist in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Far from a great effort from the Red Wings on Saturday afternoon. The only bright spot from this game is that Datsyuk's assist gives him 600 for his career. He accomplished that by picking up the primary helper on Mike Green's power play goal in the third period. The 37-year-old has 16 goals and 46 points in 60 games in 2015-16.
Mar 26 - 5:12 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Henrik Zetterberg
3Riley Sheahan
4Luke Glendening
LW1Dylan Larkin
2Tomas Tatar
3Brad Richards
4Teemu Pulkkinen
5Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Darren Helm
4Tomas Jurco
5Johan Franzen
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Alexey Marchenko
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek