There where a ton of rumors that suggested this might be coming, but it still comes as a major shock despite that.
According to a report our of Russia from website sovsport.ru, Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk, one of the most exciting players of his generation, has made the decision to leave the National Hockey League and play closer to home in the KHL.
The original report is in Russian, and below is a rough translation, but regardless of that translation the key details are very clear. Datsyuk has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with CSKA St. Petersburg, and is expected to sign the contract after the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Translated from sovsport.ru:
According to sources, 37-year-old hockey player will sign a two-year contract with the St. Petersburg CSKA after the World Cup-2016.
Earlier Datsyuk said that he could leave the NHL, despite the fact that its agreement with "Detroit" will expire only in 2017.
Paul scored on 49 points (16 + 33) in 66 regular season matches held NHL-2015/16.
"Detroit" lost "Tampa" in the series of the first round of the playoffs, allowing Datsyuk to take part in the world championships.
It's not an official announcement from the man himself, but it certainly sounds like Datsyuk is done in the NHL.