Unconfirmed reports have Pavel Datsyuk on the move to the KHL next season.
Pavel Datsyuk has always wanted to return to Russia, while still able to play at a high level, in order to suit up in-front his family and friends.
It all started when Segeri Fedorov returned for the Alumni Showdown in Detroit and proposed the idea to a wild Datsyuk in hope of catching him and adding him to his
pokedex roster. (I knew we should not have allowed Sergei back in Detroit)
During the lockout last season and the Olympics this year in Russia, Datsyuk was able to see the glory of playing in the greatest country ever, except for the USSR, and has decided to pull an Ilya Kovalchuk to finish off his professional career in the most glorious country of Russia.
Ilya is great player and I want do what he do, play at home. #PutinOnTheRitz - Datsyuk13
Datsyuk played for CSKA Moscow, the team where Fedorov is the general manager in the KHL, during the lockout and will likely be his landing spot when he returns to the KHL.
Fedorov has dealt with the fury of Red Wings fans before, like when he left Detroit for Anaheim or sat out for half the 1997-98 campaign due to contract issues and this will rub more salt on the wound for the fans, but at least we will be able to make a nice steak using all the excess salt.
The Detroit Red Wings will not have to pay Datsyuk, but since the contract he signed was a 35+ deal, his salary will count against the Wings’ salary cap and if you haven’t realized it by now, Happy April Fool’s Day.