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.
Detroit's defense has actually been pretty good, and their goaltending solid. Their offense has been terrible lately, who'd a thunk that. The Preds and Yotes are not making the playoffs this year, doesn't feel like their year.