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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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Russia will be without their Magic Man for Saturday's semi-final against Canada.
A tough blow for Russia, to say the least. Pavel Datsyuk is suffering a lower body injury but no word yet on the extent. It's unclear if he'll be able to play should Russia advance. Sep 24 - 6:40 PM

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Updating an earlier item, Pavel Datsyuk is still considered a game-time decision for this evening's bout with Team Canada.

Datsyuk missed Thursday's game versus Finland due to the same ailment. Already facing an uphill battle, Team Russia will certainly want their Magic Man in the fold.
Sep 24 - 12:31 PM

Pavel Datsyuk (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Russia's semifinals contest against Canada.

Datsyuk missed Thursday's game versus Finland due to the same ailment. The Canada-Russia game will be played on Saturday.
Sep 23 - 3:42 PM

Pavel Datsyuk will miss Team Russia's game against Finland on Thursday due to a lower-body ailment.

Datsyuk has two assists in two World Cup games. Russia needs to beat Finland in order to advance to the semifinals.
Sep 22 - 1:44 PM

Pavel Datsyuk exited Wednesday's practice early with "a small injury," according to assistant coach Harijs Vitolinsh.

However, the team is hopeful that Datsyuk will be able to play against Finland on Thursday.
Sep 21 - 3:12 PM

Pavel Datsyuk will be back on North American soil for the World Cup of Hockey.

"It's going to be a good tournament," Datsyuk said. "There are lots of good teams and it's a good level [of play]. It's good for hockey players, for the fans and for everybody." His season with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL has already begun, but he is getting some time to compete in the tournament. Datsyuk has enjoyed playing closer to home and he has been productive, with four goals and three assists in six games.
Sep 7 - 6:01 PM

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

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

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