Great player, great career - but I stand by what Ive said so many times - he handled his departure worse than any other notable Detroit Red Wing, and shouldn't be recognized much moving forward.
That's a bit strong, IMO. I still think Pavel was an outstanding player even compared to past Wings greats, and should be recognized as such. I just dislike his (or more likely his advisors) attempt to sugarcoat his decision to quit the NHL while still more or less on top. Just say it like it is: I can't play at a level I am used to, so I am moving to an easier league. Don't feed us bullcrap about "family" when it was clearly not the deciding factor at all.
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