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Pavel Datsyuk | Center | #13

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 194
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 6 (171) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Pavel Datsyuk's two-year contract with St. Petersburg SKA is worth 500 million rubles.
Based on the current exchange rates, that works out to roughly $7.8 million in total for Datsyuk. Had he stayed with Detroit he would have earned $5.5 million in salary this season alone (his cap hit would have been $7.5 million), but it never really seemed like money was Datsyuk's motivating factor. In fact, he didn't accept his $2 million bonus from Detroit back in February, sparing the Red Wings of that expense. "Pavel is very thankful to Ken Holland for the gentlemanly way he has handled this," agent Dan Milstein said. "Ken texted me yesterday to make sure everything was going OK for Pavel, even though it is now Arizona's contract. Ken said Pavel has earned every ounce of respect, is one of greatest Red Wings." Jul 9 - 5:48 AM

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Pavel Datsyuk has agreed to terms with St. Petersburg SKA.

That was expected after Datsyuk informed the Detroit Red Wings that he would not be returning for the 2016-17 campaign. The Red Wings dealt his contract to Arizona to be free of his cap hit. Datsyuk isn't expected to return to the NHL, but his contract with SKA is for two seasons, so theoretically he could come back after that.
Jul 8 - 1:26 PM

Detroit has traded Pavel Datsyuk's contract to Arizona.

The Wings sent Datsyuk, who will play in the KHL in 2016-17, and the No. 16 pick in the draft to the Coyotes for Joe Vitale, the 20th overall selection and a second round pick (No. 53). Arizona used the 16th overall pick to take Jakob Chychrun.
Jun 24 - 9:19 PM

Pavel Datsyuk didn't accept his $2 million bonus back in February.

That means Datsyuk ended up with $15 million over two years of the three-year, $22.5 million deal he signed with Detroit. While declining his bonus saved the Red Wings money, it doesn't have an impact on the cap. Similarly, the Red Wings not paying Datsyuk in 2016-17 won't get rid of his cap hit for next season. For that reason, Detroit might trade his contract to a team that can use the extra cap penalty to get above the floor.
Jun 18 - 1:52 PM

Pavel Datsyuk has announced that he will leave the Detroit Red Wings and play in the KHL in 2016-17.

This announcement is something that's been predicted for a while, but now Datsyuk has made it official. He still has one season left on his three-year, $22.5 million contract and him leaving doesn't get rid of that cap hit. Because of that, the Red Wings will likely attempt to trade him to a small market team that could use that cap penalty to safely stay above the floor. Detroit will probably have to throw in a prospect or a pick though to make such a trade work. Unless something changes, Datsyuk is closing the book on an NHL career that spanned 953 games and saw him score 314 goals and 918 points. He's a four-time Lady Byng Memorial Trophy winner and three-time Selke Trophy winner. He also won two Stanley Cup championships with Detroit.
Jun 18 - 12:15 PM

Pavel Datsyuk will likely hold a press conference on Saturday to announce whether he will return to Detroit for the upcoming season.

The talented veteran met with Red Wings' GM Ken Holland on Friday and has allegedly made a decision about his future that he will share with the public on Saturday. Datsyuk has one more year on his contract with the Red Wings but there is much speculation that he will walk away from it to either retire from hockey altogether or to play in Russia. Stay tuned.
Jun 18 - 9:10 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland on Friday.

The Red Wings have been waiting for Datsyuk to come to a decision about his future. Although he has one season left on his contract, it is likely that he will opt to either retire or spend the 2016-17 season playing in the KHL.
Jun 17 - 8:58 AM

Pavel Datsyuk's meeting with Detroit GM Ken Holland has been postponed to pay respects to Gordie Howe, who passed away Friday morning.

He has a year left on his contract and has made it known that he would like to play in Russia next year, but he hasn't announced anything officially yet. Holland may try to move Datsyuk's contract so that the Red Wings are not left on the hook for his cap hit. A final decision is expected to come in mid-June, but Detroit doesn't expect to have Datsyuk back.
Jun 11 - 5:33 PM

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland early next week.

Holland is hoping that Datsyuk will make a decision about his future not too long after that. Datsyuk has a season left on his contract with Detroit, but he's considering leaving the team and playing out the 2016-17 campaign in the KHL. SKA St. Petersburg has presented Datsyuk with a contract and other KHL clubs are likely to compete for his services as well if he decides to go that route.
Jun 7 - 9:04 AM

Pavel Datsyuk has received an offer from the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg.

Datsyuk's agent said that his client won't make a decision about his future until he meets with the Detroit Red Wings in June. It makes sense for SKA St. Petersburg to pursue Datsyuk in the hopes that he'll sign with them and with that in mind, the fact that he has an offer on the table isn't surprising. His contract with Detroit runs through the 2016-17 campaign, but he hasn't committed to staying in North America.
May 25 - 5:14 PM

We should know more about Pavel Datsyuk's status between June 6-16, according to his agent.

Datsyuk will reportedly meet with Detroit GM Ken Holland early to mid-June. "He would like to leave, but at the same time, he wants to make sure the Wings have options," said Datsyuk's agent, Dan Milstein. "He wants to help the team any way he can with the salary cap issue." The only thing that can solve that is if he gets traded to another club willing to absorb his $7.5 million cap hit.
May 23 - 11:38 AM

Pavel Datsyuk says he hasn't made a decision on his future with the Detroit Red Wings.

After the Red Wings were eliminated in the playoffs, reports surfaced about Datsyuk retiring from the NHL to join a team in the KHL so that he could be closer to family. Datsyuk clearly has some game left, as he had three assists in Sunday's Bronze Medal Game against the United States. The 37-year-old had 16 goals and 49 points in 66 games this season.
May 22 - 11:01 PM

Pavel Datsyuk had three assists in Russia's 7-2 win over Team USA in the Bronze Medal Game at the World Hockey Championship.

Datsyuk and his national team were dominant on Sunday. The 37-year-old picked up the primary assists on goals by Sergei Mozyakin (2-0), Ivan Telegin (3-0) and Mozyakin again (6-2). The Russians managed to save face by winning the bronze medal on home ice after being knocked out of gold medal contention by Finland in the semi-final.
May 22 - 11:47 AM

Pavel Datsyuk's agent denied a report that his client has accepted a deal with a Russian club.

The report, which originates from, states that Datsyuk has agreed to a two-year contract with St. Petersburgh SKA that will be signed after the 2016 Worlds. "I know for a fact that Pavel has not discussed a contract while playing for the national team in Russia," agent Dan Milstein said. "I spoke with him to confirm this again. For a fact we don't have a contract with anybody (Russian team) right now." Datsyuk still has a year remaining on his contract with Detroit, but he's likely to either retire or sign with a KHL squad.
May 20 - 5:13 PM

Pavel Datsyuk has a goal and seven assists in seven games during the 2016 Worlds.

That's in contrast to the 2016 NHL playoffs where Datsyuk was kept off the scoresheet for five straight games. Datsyuk will turn 38 years old on July 20 and while he does have one season left on his contract with Detroit, it sounds like the forward is leaning towards playing in the KHL next season. Whatever he decides, he'll inform Detroit after the World Championship is over.
May 19 - 8:54 AM

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