Monday, April 11, 2016

Datsyuk wants to leave Red Wings and fans are super sad

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 11:41 AM

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This weekend brought bittersweet news to Red Wings fans. The Wings secured their spot in the playoffs - a celebratory 25 years in a row - but the great news brought out the bad news in one of the team's most important players. 

There had been rumors circulating for a week or so, but Pavel Datsyuk finally broke his silence and announced that this was going to be his last year in the NHL. In an interview with Mitch Albom at the Free Press, Datsyuk explains that he wants to return to his home country of Russia to help raise his teenage daughter who lived with his first wife.

The 38 year old didn't say that he is finished with hockey all together - he will probably play in the next Olympics for Russia - but being in Detroit and playing for the NHL has been too much for the athlete.

This announcement was greeted by mixed emotions from fans. Some were very sad and disappointed that the hockey star was leaving so suddenly, and others sent out support.

Datsyuk technically has one more year left on his contract, so not all hope is lost. Once the postseason begins, he will be in talks about negotiating his contract. Whatever the outcome may be, we just hope that this Detroit legend finds some solitude and happiness somewhere. 

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