According to multiple online sources, legendary Russian hockey player Pavel Datsyuk isn’t ready to hang ‘em up just yet. The 41 year old forward is reportedly set to sign a one year contract extension with Avtomobilist in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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“I think that he will sign a contract, but so far nothing has been signed. We had preliminary conversations with him, he wants to play hockey. If he wants, then he will play, ” Avtomobilist GM Oleg Gross told Russian publication Sport24.
Due to injuries, Datsyuk played just 43 games this past season putting up five goals and 22 points. In the playoffs, which were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, Datsyuk scored two goals in three games.
While I'm happy that the Magic Man isn't retiring... I'd love to see him go out with one last go-around with the Detroit Red Wings. I know that he isn't producing at the KHL level like he has in the past, but surely he's still smart enough to hang at the NHL level. Then again, the game has gotten faster and younger since Datsyuk was last in the NHL nearly five years ago. Maybe it's best to live through the memories...