Pavel Datsyuk Officialy Leaves Red Wings, NHL

On Saturday afternoon, the second worst-kept secret in hockey was finally official. Pavel Datsyuk announced to a small contingent of media, that he would forgo the final year of his 3-year $22.5 million deal and return to Russia to finish out his hockey career. Sighting family reasons, the “magic man” leaves the Red Wings in a bit of a jam. His $7.5 million cap hit will count against the only team he’s ever known and it’s unlikely they would find a team to eat it for them without giving up a aspiring prospect. If Detroit attempts to terminate the contract, the situation remains unchanged.
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Sergei Fedorov Elected to The Hockey Hall of Fame

The Hockey Hall of Fame will induct just its sixth Russian-born player later this year as its saved the best for last with the nomination of Sergei Fedorov. In his first year of eligibility, the one-time Russian superstar will be immortalized among the likes of Gretzky, Howe, Kharlamov and Fetisov.
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Milestone Night in Anaheim For Pavel Datsyuk

(courtesy of The AP)

In a game where his line mate stole the show with a four-point night, Pavel Datsyuk reached two career milestones not too far from “Where dreams come true.” The 34-year-old center notched a goal and two assists just up the road from Disneyland in both scoring caterogories. Datsyuk broke a 1-1 tie with his 10th goal of the year and the 250th of his career.

He would add his 22nd helper on the season on Justin Abdelkader’s hattrick goal, while also reaching the 500 mark on his career. In 762 games played, Datsyuk has notched 751 points which translates to an average of 98.5 point percentage for his NHL career. This doesn’t come as a surprise however, since Pavel is Russian after all and currently sits 10th all-time amongst his countrymen.
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Comrade of Opening Weekend-Vladimir Tarasenko

(photo courtesy of Chris Lee/St.Louis Post Dispatch)

With all eyes on the class of 2012 for the opening fixtures of the shortened 2013 season, it was one player from the class 2010 that stole the show. Making his NHL debut for the St.Louis Blues two years after being selected 16th overall, 21-year-old Vladimir Tarasenko scored not one, but two goals, in his first game in a Blues uniform.
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Nabokov Shows Commitment to Isles with New Mask

(courtesy of Ingoalmag.com)

The 2010-2011 season for Evgeni Nabokov was a disaster of epic proportions. Having signed a four-year $24 million contract with SKA St.Petersburg of the KHL before quitting just months later, Nabokov appeared headed back to the NHL. He was on the cusp of joining the Detroit Red Wings before he was scooped up by the goalie-happy New York Islanders.
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