Pavel Datsyuk returning to Russia, profile of Auston Matthews & more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk made it official by announcing he will be returning to Russia next season to finish his playing career. He’s making this move to be closer to his teenage daughter.
MLIVE.COM: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he’s “not overly optimistic” about moving Datsyuk’s contract, which has a year remaining at a cap hit of $7.5 million, though in actual salary it’s worth $5.5 million. If so, they won’t be able to afford any significant additions via free agency this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not impossible for the Wings to move that contract, but it certainly won’t be easy. Teams will want the Wings to include a top prospect or promising young roster player.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle has an in-depth profile of center Auston Matthews, considered the top prospect in the upcoming NHL Draft.
NBC SPORTS: Prospect Jesse Puljujarvi will miss summer development camp as he’s still recovering from minor knee surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Puljujarvi is expected to be selected with the third overall pick, currently held by the Columbus Blue Jackets. While the surgery isn’t expected to have any significant effect upon his playing ability, it’ll be interesting to see if this has any effect upon where he gets selected in this draft.
NHL.COM: The Tucson Roadrunners revealed as the name of the Arizona Coyotes farm team.