Red Wings’ Center Pavel Datsyuk Plans To Retire After 2016 Playoffs

Updated: April 11, 2016

The Red Wings clinched a playoff spot on Sunday to extend their streak to 25 straight playoff appearances. The only downside is that the Magic Man, Pavel Datsyuk, plans to retire from the NHL at the end of this season. Datsyuk is 37 years old and will turn 38 over the summer.

“I may not be done with hockey, but I think I am done playing in the NHL,” Datsyuk told press yesterday about his plans to retire.

Many factors come into play but the main one is that he wants to spend time with his daughter and his family in his hometown in Russia.

The Wings will take a cap hit of $7.5 million because of the way his deal was made. Both Detroit and Datsyuk are reportedly working to eliminating this cap hit in any possible way. Datsyuk’s agent told media yesterday that “he feels extremely bad and has asked me to do whatever is necessary to help the Red Wings in any way possible.”

The Red Wings and the entire hockey community will miss one of the most talented and best class acts of all time, but he will still be battling for a cup with the Red Wings. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll go out a champion one more time.

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