Who can blame him? I don't think I can. He isn't being allowed to play much of a skill game here. At this point, Russia is more his style than Detroit is. He can grind it out in Detroit and retire at 36 or go back to Russia and retire at 40.
Some poster on trade board just mentioned how happy Datsyuk had been on one interview during the lockout, saying along the lines of 'it's fun to play with skilled players for change'. May have been during those few National team games where he was on fire.
Meh. Until there's someone credible giving the report it means nothing. Every Russian star said they wanted to keep playing in the KHL during the lockout. If Hollland offers Datsyuk a 2 year 14m deal, he'll stay I bet.
If this is true it sucks big time but I can't blame him, He's already done it all in the NHL and will likely be inducted into the HOF. Couple that with the facts that his team is on the down swing while facing a rebuild/retool and that his family is still in Russia and it makes for an easy decision.
If this is true I wish him the best of luck, and thank him for all he's given to this team.
Apart from the Western conference being the one with a "rougher" reputation, the East offers a MUCH better travel schedule along with game times that are actually reasonable.
Of course it's perfectly possible that Datsyuk leaves and returns home once his contract is up. He owes us nothing. His family is there, his home is there... if it makes him happy then I want him to leave.
I highly doubt that his line mates this past month will influence his decision to head home or not. That's not the kind of player Pasha is, also we still have the rest of this season, and the next one... so I don't see how that factors into anything.
The question of would Datsyuk decide to finish his career in Russia has been asked for a while now. I'm certainly not going to be surprised if he isn't on this team when he reaches 37 or 38 years of age. He's at the end of his career. We can't expect everyone to pull a Lidstrom and play past 40 in the winged wheel. Sadly, I think it's time to see what we can get for him and make Flip earn his pay by filling in for Dats.