Pavel Datsyuk made it official Saturday: He is leaving the Detroit Red Wings to return to Russia, where he plans to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.

BREAKING: #RedWings Pavel Datsyuk retires from NHL "it's time for us to return home" @FOX2News https://t.co/MhRnlEPO1E

— Ron Savage (@RonSavageEMT) June 18, 2016

Pavel Datsyuk makes it official and will retire from the NHL. #FarewellMagicMan pic.twitter.com/lkcmoXj3Tz

— TSN (@TSN_Sports) June 18, 2016

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A sombre Pavel Datsyuk announces he is leaving the #RedWings. pic.twitter.com/XS2A9vQlFK

— Bob Duff (@asktheduffer) June 18, 2016

Datsyuk, 37, debuted with the Red Wings in the 2001-02 season and spent his entire 14-year NHL career with the franchise.

The three-time All-Star had 314 goals and 604 assists for 918 points in 953 career games, topping the 30-goal plateau in three separate seasons. The playmaking center added 42 goals and 71 assists in 157 postseason games. He won four Lady Byng trophies and three Selke Trophies.

Datsyuk was due to earn $7.5 million in the upcoming season, and the Detroit Free Press notes that figure still will count against the Red Wings' cap. The team can attempt to trade his contract, perhaps to pursue free-agent center Steven Stamkos.

Dan Milstein says he expects Pavel Datsyuk's contract to traded. 1 yr left cap hit $7.5 million.

— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) June 18, 2016

Datsyuk won Stanley Cups with the Red Wings during the 2001-02 season and the 2007-08 season.