Pavel Datsyuk is leaving the Detroit Red Wings at least a year earlier than they'd like — but with plenty of dazzling memories from 14 seasons in the NHL.
The smooth-skating Russian announced Saturday that he was heading back home to play in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League.
The 37-year-old Datsyuk has one year remaining on his contract with the Red Wings and finished second on the team with 49 points last season. He was drafted by Detroit in 1998 and helped the Red Wings win two Stanley Cups.
"My family and I are grateful for our time here in Detroit," Datsyuk said at a news conference at his youth hockey camp in the Detroit area. "This...