According to Kukla’s Korner (who cites sources in Detroit), Red Wings super star forward Pavel Datsyuk will return to Russia after the 2013-2014 season when his current deal with Detroit expires.
Pavel Datsyuk turns 36 on July 20th, 2014. That birthday will be celebrated a few months after the last minutes of hockey he’ll ever play for the Detroit Red Wings. Next year will be his last in the NHL and that’s according to a very reliable source in Detroit, someone close to the organization and entrenched in regional hockey programs.
Why? Datsyuk wants to go home. We all understand that. But according to this source, a guy who skates with at least one recently-retired Red Wing and whose family is a staple in the Michigan hockey world, it’s not just the lure of mother Russia.
The Kukla’s Korner report goes on to say that it’s Datsyuk’s desire to show off his skills (while he still has them) in the KHL which is based in his home country of Russia. This desire too could be brought on ...