Sorry, Wings fans – Datsyuk signs with hometown team in KHL
Pavel Datsyuk signed with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League on Wednesday, the team announced. The team is located in his hometown.
Datsyuk, who turns 41 on July 20, has played the past three seasons with SKA St. Petersburg. He left Detroit after the 2015-16 season.
It had been speculated that Datsyuk might return to the NHL.
If that was the case, Datsyuk’s agent Dan Milstein had said the Red Wings would be the logical team.
But, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan, former Detroit GM Ken Holland brought up the possibility of bringing Datsyuk back this past season during midseason organizational meetings, but the idea was not met with much enthusiasm.
Of course, Steve Yzerman is now the Wings GM and Holland has that position with the Edmonton Oilers.
Datsyuk and his family are vacationing in Detroit and recently took a tour of Little Caesars Arena.
The Arizona Coyotes own his NHL right until July 1, when Datsyuk becomes a free agent.
Yzerman adds another responsibility
Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman is one of the newest members of the NHL’s Competition Committee, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
LeBrun tweeted recently that Yzerman and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leopold are replacing former Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli, who was fired during the season, and Calgary Flames co-owner Murray Edwards on the committee, which is responsible for rules changes.
Current Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland, who held the same post with Detroit for 22 years, has long been on the committee and remains so, along with Nashville Predators general manger David Poile and San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson.
Sulak signs with KHL team
Sulak, who signed a one-year deal, had been a restricted free agent.
The Czech Republic native played six games with Detroit this past season and 61 with Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
The Red Wings will retain his NHL rights by making him a qualifying offer by June 30.