Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is one of the best players in the NHL today as he has spent nearly the last two decades in the league. However, his career will come to and as he looks to make a return to the Russian National Team.
On Saturday, he made his retirement from the NHL official as it was reported by Ron Savage of WJBK in Detroit that he will play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
In his 14-year career with the Red Wings, which began in the 2001-02 season, Datsyuk was a three-time All-Star and three times nailed down 30 goals in a season. He scored 314 total goals throughout his time on the ice for the Red Wings.
Pavel Datsyuk’s contract, which has one year remaining on it, will be traded and the team will take a $7.5 million hit on their cap.
He also helped Detroit win two Stanley Cups in 2002 and 2008.
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