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Centennial Portraits

Datsyuk, Conacher portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on every Monday in 2017 @NHLdotcom

As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Charlie Conacher are unveiled in the 31st installment. 

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100 Greatest Players

Pavel Datsyuk: 100 Greatest NHL Players

Two-way player with highlight-reel moves won Stanley Cup twice, Selke Trophy three times with Red Wings

by Stu Hackel / Special to

Here's how you know a player is extra special: His name inspires an adjective. And in the first decade of the 21st Century, amazing plays became "Datsyukian." 

There were Datsyukian dekes, (coined by Red Wings announcer Ken Daniels), and Datsyukian goals and Datsyukian passes and Datsyukian dangles and Datsyukian backchecks and Datsyukian steals of the puck.

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Fantasy: Red Wings' youth can help replace Datsyuk

Larkin's value rises, Svechnikov a deep sleeper after veteran leaves NHL

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / Fantasy Insider

The departure of veteran center Pavel Datsyuk presents an opportunity for the Detroit Red Wings to inject youth into their top six.

After Datsyuk, 37, announced Saturday he will be leaving the NHL to play in his native Russia, the Red Wings are forced to turn the page. Luckily, they have returning young players and prospects waiting in the wings.

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Datsyuk leaves as 'incredible Red Wing'

Detroit forward to return home to Russia after 14 seasons in NHL

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

ORCHARD LAKE, Mich. -- When great players retire from the Detroit Red Wings, they usually receive the honor of a press conference in the Olympia Club at Joe Louis Arena. They wear a suit. They sit upon a podium with a "HOCKEYTOWN" backdrop. Surrounded by ownership and management, family and friends, they reminisce in a warm, emotional scene.

But Pavel Datsyuk, a four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, a three-time winner of the Selke Trophy, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, the Magic Man, announced his departure between sessions of his youth hockey camp at a suburban Detroit prep school Saturday. He wore a warmup suit. He stood between a maroon curtain and a wooden lectern with no logos. His only audience was a small group of reporters, a few TV cameras and rows of empty seats.

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Behind The Numbers

Datsyuk departure leaves void in Red Wings lineup

Statistics show center remained one of best in NHL

by Rob Vollman / Correspondent

The Detroit Red Wings have withstood the retirement of legends like Steve Yzerman in 2006 and Nicklas Lidstrom in 2012. But will they be able to make it 26 consecutive seasons in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following the departure of center Pavel Datsyuk?

Datsyuk announced Saturday that he was leaving the Red Wings to play in his native Russia.

Based on his underlying statistics, Datsyuk remains one of the world's greatest hockey players, and his departure will leave a hole that may be impossible to fill.

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Datsyuk leaving Red Wings to play in Russia

Center spent 14 seasons in Detroit, says 'It's time for us to return home' @NHLdotcom

Center Pavel Datsyuk said Saturday he will play at home in Russia and not remain with the Detroit Red Wings for the 2016-17 NHL season.

"This was not an easy decision but it's time for us to return home," he said during a press conference at his hockey camp in Orchard Lake, Mich.

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Datsyuk departure makes life easier for NHL goalies

Detroit forward spent his career tormenting many of them

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- If there is one group in the NHL that won't be sad to see Pavel Datsyuk leaving, it's the goaltenders he tortured and toyed with during his 14 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings.

"Especially that he's in our division," Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo said with a laugh.

Datsyuk announced Saturday he was leaving the NHL to play in Russia.

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Datsyuk, Red Wings hold meeting

Forward expected to reveal decision on playing in NHL or KHL next season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk met with general manager Ken Holland on Friday as he decides whether to play the last season of his NHL contract or return home to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, his agent Dan Milstein said.

Datsyuk will speak to the media Saturday at his hockey camp in suburban Detroit as he has planned to do for weeks, Milstein said. He is expected to reveal his decision then.

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Datsyuk, Red Wings delay meeting: report

Sides reschedule out of respect for Howe services @NHLdotcom

The scheduled meeting between center Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings has been delayed a week to pay respects to Gordie Howe, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.

Datsyuk and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland were scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the player's future.

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Datsyuk decision expected this month: report

Detroit center will meet with GM Holland soon to discuss future @NHLdotcom

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to meet with the Detroit Red Wings when he returns to the United States for his Detroit-based hockey camp, and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is hoping to have a decision whether the center will return to the team by the end of this month.

"I know Pavel is coming back to Detroit in the middle of June," Holland told The Detroit News on Tuesday. "He has a camp that week, and we're going to meet before that."

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