Pavel Datsyuk back to Detroit? That's what Red Wings fans are asking as Datsyuk's contract in the KHL expired.
Datsyuk took to social media to express his thanks to St. Petersburg. Here is his post translated (via facebook translation)
The st. Petersburg stage of my career has come to an end These were the memorable years.
I want to say thank you to the ska club. In St. Petersburg there are wonderful conditions for games and training, attentive staff - all this helps to concentrate exclusively on hockey. Such a system is not a single year, and this is a huge merit of the club's leadership.
Thank you to all the coaches with whom I managed to work in ska, thanks to all my partners, we went through a lot together.
And, of course, a huge thank you to all the ska fans who always before the refusal to filled the ice palace and were with the team on all without exception retreats. We play for you
See you, st. Petersburg!"
Pavel Datsyuk played with Detroit from 2001-2016,
Played 953 games, scored 918 points (314 goals, 608 assists).
Datsyuk was a part of the 2002 and 2008 Stanley Cup Champion teams,
- 4x winner of the Lady Bing Trophy 2005-2009(Player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability")
- 3x Selkie Award winner 2007-2010 (Top Defensive Forward)
- 1x All Star (2008-2009 season).
Could we be spoiled with the return of Steve Yzerman and Pavel Datsyuk?