In general, I don't think it's a coincidence that he is a minus player this year (-5). It seems like having backchecking duties is a little too much for him right now.
I think he'd be better served on Pav's wing where he can get open and be available for shots because as a center and as a primary facilitator, he's not getting too many quality opportunities. It also may help to move Tatar off of Pav's wing to freshen things up for him and get him going again (even though part of what has hindered him is the post...a lot).
I just want Hank to age the way Selanne, and Jagr, and Pav, and Nick have/did.
He's not done. That's absurdity. He's just not going to be an elite force on anything close to a consistent basis anymore. Doesn't mean he doesn't still bring value. Doesn't mean he doesn't have heart. Doesn't mean he's not a great leader. He's just been through too much at this stage in his career to continue to be a dominant force for this team at either end of the ice. It is what it is. Newer, younger guys need to rise up and help carry the load.
Edit: As far as I'm concerned, the most important player on this team at this point is without a doubt Datsyuk. He can still turn a game on it's head almost singlehandedly, and you can count on him to do so far more often than Z. He's not the type to wear the C, but from a heart and soul and "engine" standpoint, Dats is the leader of this team.
Totally agree, this team lives and dies with Pav.
It's an interesting thing to see here as age seems to be catching up much quicker with Hank than Pav. Pav has lost a step, but he's still an absolute difference maker.