Pavel Datsyuk Confirms Departure to Russia

Ryan Hana
April 10 2016 08:26AM

For the second time in two years, the Detroit Red Wings have to say goodbye to an integral part of their organization.

After a sudden onset of rumors, media speculation, and vague non-comments, Pavel Datsyuk has confirmed to Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press that he intends to go home to Russia after the conclusion of the 2015/2016 NHL Playoffs. "I have overstayed," the 37 year old mentioned. Though there is still to be one final meeting with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, Datsyuk's mind is all but made up at this point. He wanted to wait until after the regular season was over to release the news, so as to not distract from the intense playoff push that colored the end of the season.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
April 08 2016 05:00AM

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Was Lou Lamoriello the best GM in the NHL this year, how injuries played a factor in Canucks awful season, the end of Monahan and Gaudreau's first contracts in Calgary, farewell to Rexall Place in Edmonton, what's changed in the world since the Oilers last made the playoffs, Datsyuk possibly heading back to Russia, the race to the bottom is coming down to the wire and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.

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Justin Schultz, Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman

Jonathan Willis
April 05 2016 11:52AM

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Justin Schultz is off to a pretty decent start to his post-Edmonton Oilers career, and his stats line certainly looks impressive. He’s played 15 games in Pittsburgh, putting up seven points and an impressive plus-10 rating.

It’s a performance which warrants closer examination. 

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Future Free Agents: The End of Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan's Entry-Level Deals

Cam Lewis
April 04 2016 02:23PM

It’s fantastic to have really good young players. That’s exactly what the Calgary Flames have in Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. At 22 and 21 years of age respectively, Gaudreau and Monahan sit first and second on the Flames in both goals and points, and are pillars for the organization to build their forward group around for years to come. 

That being said, when you have good players, you also have to pay them as such. That’s exactly what Flames general manager Brad Trevling is going to have to do this summer, as both Gaudreau and Monahan’s entry-level contracts are set to expire on July 1. Obviously the Flames are going to look to get both of their star forwards locked up to long-term extensions this summer. But how much is it going to cost them? And how are the bricks going to fall around them? 

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Times have changed, man. Well... Kinda

baggedmilk
April 01 2016 10:36AM

Standings

Last week, resident shipper/receiver extraordinaire, Chris the Intern, was cruising Reddit (instead of doing his job) and found this list that talks about various changes the world has seen since the Oilers last made the playoffs. Today, we're going to break down the list, add some new stuff, and cry profusely. Buckle up, friends, cause this one is depressing.

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