NHL Legend drops hints at Possible Return

Pavel Datsyuk was arguably the most iconic player of the 2000s. He was a wonderful delight to see every night because of his skill with the puck, and the NHL has missed him dearly.

Pavel Datsyuk hasn’t taken the ice for a professional team since leaving the KHL two seasons ago. Despite not having participated in an NHL game since 2016, the 44-year-old is still making an effort to return. When asked about his playing career, he had this to say.

“I don’t say goodbye to hockey.”

Datsyuk’s English isn’t the best, but the message is clear. Datsyuk wants to keep playing, and we want to continue watching him.

After two complete seasons away from professional hockey, it’s all but certain that Datsyuk won’t be returning to the NHL. While he might possibly return to the KHL, a lower-tier professional league is the most likely choice.

Perhaps Jaromir Jagr, another NHL star, could join Datsyuk in the Czech Extraliga, or even in a lower-level Russian league like the VHL.

Fans will be sure to tune in wherever Datsyuk makes his comeback.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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