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Pavel Datsyuk | Center

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/20/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 198
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Pavel Datsyuk is open to playing in the KHL before his career ends.
"It is hard to talk about it now," Datsyuk said. "My dream is to play for the (KHL team) remains, but (I have to) look at how the rest of my hockey career (goes)." Datsyuk, 36, is about to start a three-year, $22.5 million contract with Detroit. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games in 2013-14. Sep 2 - 8:14 AM

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Pavel Datsyuk has already started his off-season workouts.

"Earlier than normal," GM Ken Holland said. "We wanted to see how he felt before he headed back (to Russia). He's pushing it pretty hard." He hasn't been experiencing any problems with his knee and it doesn't look like he'll need surgery, which is very good news. Datsyuk led the Wings in playoff scoring with three goals and five points in five games. He was limited to 45 games during the regular season, where he picked up 17 markers and 20 assists.
May 7 - 9:06 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland doesn't think Pavel Datsyuk will require surgery on his left knee.

"It looks like he's not having surgery," Holland said. "At the end of the year, he had no pain, he wasn't playing on painkillers. He's going to stay in touch with doctors, but I don't think he's going to have surgery." Datsyuk missed 30 games this season because of inflammation in his knee, but it sounds like he'll be fine with some rest over the summer.
May 6 - 8:42 AM

Pavel Datsyuk will visit with doctors this week to determine if he requires surgery on his left knee.

"If he (Datsyuk) feels good, a doctor isn't going to force someone to have surgery," GM Ken Holland said. "It'll depend on how Pavel is feeling and what he wants to do." If he does have a procedure then it's expected to be a minor one, which would carry around a three-month recovery time. Datsyuk missed 30 games this season because of a sore knee.
Apr 29 - 8:38 AM

Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and an assist in Detroit's 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday.

That defeat eliminated Detroit from the playoffs, so Datsyuk will finish with three goals and five points in five games. Datsyuk was limited to 45 regular season games in 2013-14 due to multiple injuries, but if he can stay healthy next season, then he should record over 70 points.
Apr 27 - 9:41 AM

Despite not practising Friday, Pavel Datsyuk will be in the Detroit lineup Saturday afternoon.

Red Wing coach Mike Babcock just gave a few of his veteran players the practise off to rest up for Saturday's elimination game.
Apr 26 - 9:57 AM

Pavel Datsyuk notched a goal and an assist in Detroit's 3-2 overtime loss to Boston on Thursday night.

He welcomed his newborn daughter, Vasiisa, into the world on Wednesday. Datsyuk also registered five shots on goal after he had three in his previous three playoff matches.
Apr 25 - 9:36 AM

Pavel Datsyuk didn't practice Wednesday because of the birth of his daughter.

He's expected to play Thursday night in Game 4. Datsyuk has a goal and four shots in the series.
Apr 24 - 11:53 AM

Pavel Datsyuk's marvelous third period goal was all the Red Wings needed on Friday night, as they held on to beat the heavily favored Bruins in Game 1 by a score of 1-0.

Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen in the neutral zone, stickhandled his way through multiple Bruins just over the blueline and fired home a deadly wrister past Tuukka Rask with just 3:01 to go in the game. The goal gave the Red Wings home ice advantage and a 1-0 series lead against Boston with Game 2 coming on Sunday.
Apr 18 - 10:27 PM

The Red Wing coach Mike Babcock will be very active in mixing up his lines but it seems likely that Pavel Datsyuk and Justin Abdekkader will play on the same unit against Boston.

The question will be whether Johan Franzen or Gustav Nyquist will be the third member of the unit. Nyquist has enjoyed success alongside Datsyuk but has also been effective on a kid's line with Riley Sheehan and Tomas Tatar. No matter how the Wings line up, Datsyuk, Franzen, Nyquist and Daniel Alfredsson should be the first four Detroit forwards called out in playoff pools.
Apr 18 - 9:52 AM

The Red Wings are encouraged by the way Pavel Datsyuk played in his final games of the regular season.

The Wings think Datsyuk looks more like his dangerous self six games after a long injury layoff. He wired a puck straight to linemate Justin Abdelkader in the Wings' final regular-season game on Sunday, the kind of tape-to-tape pass few in the league can match, and they think the future Hall of Famer can be productive in their first-round playoff series against the Bruins. "I think Pav is finding his stride," Abdelkader said. "He’s starting to get his endurance back. That’s very positive for us. Even just having him in the lineup, he’s so good with and without the puck, teams key on him and he’s a huge part of the team."
Apr 15 - 10:35 AM

Pavel Datsyuk scored for the second straight game in his third contest since returning to the lineup, as the Red Wings continued to roll with a 4-2 win over Buffalo on Tuesday night.

Datsyuk's goal was an empty netter, but the Russian superstar played almost three minutes more than he had in his first two games back since his month-long absence. That is a good sign for the Red Wings with the playoffs on the horizon. Datsyuk has 35 points in 42 games this year.
Apr 8 - 11:33 PM

Pavel Datsyuk played in back-to-back games in his return to the lineup last week.

"I feel OK," he said. "So, now I just try to pick up more of the pace, every day. I feel better. It's a long way, and I have a tough season." Datsyuk scored a goal against Montreal on Saturday after he returned on Friday versus Buffalo. It's being speculated that he could require surgery on his knee in the off-season, but he's in the lineup now and is trying to help the Red Wings secure a playoff spot.
Apr 7 - 12:38 PM

Pavel Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings in their 5-3 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday night.

It only took two games for the world-class center to get back on track after a long layoff because of a knee injury. Datsyuk has 16 goals and 34 points this season. Luke Glendening scored the first goal of his career, while Niklas Kronwall, who also had a helper, got the other. The blueliner notched a game-high seven shots on goal as well. Johan Franzen amassed two assists.
Apr 5 - 11:01 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (knee) will not play on the Red Wings' top line in his return on Friday.

Instead Datsyuk will play alongside Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader. That's probably partially an effort to ease Datsyuk into the lineup and partially a desire to keep the Red Wings' hot scoring lines intact for now. "It's not about Pavel Datsyuk tonight, it's about the Red Wings," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "He's got to fit in."
Apr 4 - 1:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Gustav Nyquist
3Tomas Tatar
4Drew Miller
5Daniel Cleary
6Teemu Pulkkinen
RW1Johan Franzen
2Daniel Alfredsson
3Justin Abdelkader
4Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Ryan Sproul
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson