With rumors running rampant over the last couple of days concerning the future of Pavel Datsyuk, let’s quickly review what we know to be fact at this point.
Datsyuk’s agent, Dan Milstein, confirmed that he has received a proposal from a Russian club recently. But, Datsyuk will not make any final decisions until meeting with general manager Ken Holland in mid-June.
“We did receive a proposal from SKA St. Petersburg. I expect to hear from some other teams, too,” said Milstein. “Pavel is going on a family vacation until June 13. At that point he will fly back to Detroit and meet with Ken Holland on the 14th or 15th. He has not made a decision. I won’t be talking to him or discussing any offers until after he has met with Ken Holland.”
There was a report last week indicating that Datsyuk had reached an agreement with Russian club SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, a report that Milstein quickly nixed.
“I know for a fact that Pavel has not discussed a contract while playing for the national team in Russia,” Milstein told MLive on Friday.
Most, including Holland, expect that Datsyuk has played his final game in Detroit.
Since Datsyuk signed his current three-year contract after the age of 35, the Red Wings are on the hook for his $7.5 million cap hit next season, even if he retires from NHL competition. Detroit would have the option to try and trade his contract to a team that needs a hefty salary to make it to the cap floor, but it would have to be at the right price.