|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on November 16, 2012 at 6:25 PM|
One more season for Datsyuk?
Regardless of when this lockout ends, Pavel Datsyuk could very well be done with the NHL at the end of next season.
With only one additional year remaining on his current contract with the Detroit Red Wings, there's word Datsyuk may prefer to finish his playing career in his homeland. Ansar Khan of MLive.com acknowledges the legitimacy of that possibility while answering a reader's email.
"... I have a feeling he will finish his career in Russia after his contract expires in 2013-14. But, that's just pure speculation on my part. Datsyuk keeps his cards close to the vest ..."
The 34-year-old is currently playing with CSKA of the KHL.
The HockeyFanLand Insight:
First off, I would be deeply disappointed if Pavel Datsyuk stopped playing in the National Hockey League by next season. In my mind, it simply cannot and probably will not happen. Datsyuk, is widely considered around the hockey world as the second best ice hockey professional on earth, behind only Sidney Crosby.
Why would he give that up? Especially, after what he has done becoming one of the most successful late- round draft picks in NHL history? Coming out of this lockout the NHL must do everything it can to ensure hockey fans the above situation does not happen...
Datsyuk, still as plenty of gas in the tank, The NHL would not be the same without being able to see dazzling Datsyuk dekes on a nightly basis for years to come...
Having players of Pavel Datsyuk's ilk choose to play in Russia, and retire there, would be even more damaging to the National Hockey League then the current lockout..
One more season for Datsyuk? Are you kidding me?