Just about all the diggers are reporting this, but here's the one I saw first, so here's the one who gets Twitter credit:
Datsyuk said he wants to stay in Detroit past next season.— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) May 31, 2013
Well that's certainly ear-perking news in our days of mourning. Tell me more, Jeff Riger of 97.1 the Ticket.
Datsyuk would still like to finish his career in Russia.He doesn't know how much longer he will play in the NHL— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) May 31, 2013
Khan, Pleiness, St. James, Duff, and just about everyone else has echoed the sentiment, so it's not a lone guy trying to drum up interest kind of rumor-mongering, but the fact will remain that Datsyuk has not yet signed an extension to the contract which runs through next season at a salary and cap hit of $6.7 million.
Datsyuk, who will be 35 by the time next season starts has been linked to rumors of a return to Russia and the KHL before, but the news really heated up this season right around the time Pavel stayed in Russia to attend the KHL All-Star Game instead of immediately returning to Detroit for the first few days of a training camp with the Wings that he didn't need. I definitely believe that Pavel will be done playing hockey in North America before he's done playing hockey altogether, the only question remains is how long that will be exactly.
I'm in no exact position to guess how much longer he would stay, but I would guess a two-year extension would be the target just based on gut feeling.
Now it's just a matter of waiting to see the extension actually signed. The suspense should be a lot of fun [baf]