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Holland to talk with Datsyuk at end of season

Mar 29, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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If there’s any truth to the rumor that Pavel Datsyuk will play out his contract with the Red Wings then go back to Russia for good, Detroit general manager Ken Holland will try to find out at the end of the season.

“Obviously, I’ve heard the rumors,” Holland told NHL.com. “I have not had any real conversation with [Datsyuk] or his agent, Gary Greenstein. Gary lives in California and I just saw him the other day. Basically we’re going to sit down at the conclusion of this season, before Pav goes home. I don’t know what will come out of it.”

Datysuk is signed through next season, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Clearly, the 34-year-old enjoyed playing in Russia during the lockout. When the work stoppage ended in January, he professed his desire to stay in the KHL until the end of the season.

Datsyuk has already won two Stanley Cups and made a pile of money in the NHL. And if he chose to play out his career in the KHL, there’s plenty more money to be made over there.

But that’s getting ahead of things.

“We’ll talk before he goes home sometime in June, but anything beyond that is speculation and rumors,” Holland said. “Nobody’s told me anything. They haven’t told me they’re staying or going. I haven’t asked either. We hope he wants to stay, but I’m certainly aware there’s a professional league in Russia and they pay their players well. Beyond that, I don’t know.”

  1. bruinsfan19 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Hopefully he stays in the NHL . It would be a huge loss if he didn’t he is one of the players that everybody loves to watch. Wether you like the wings or not you have no choice but to respect Datsyuk

    • challer9 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Well one person isn’t a hockey fan. Which is weird because this is a hockey website…

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Nooooooooooooooo

  3. kiopta1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Hope he stays. He is great for the wings and the league.

  4. redgreentape - Mar 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    First heard of this when the strike ended. First reason he liked and wants to play his remaining time in his home country with family and friends to watch. The local news and broadcast have not said anything (that i know of). I know when the strike ended, the Wings let him stay in Russia a few extra Days so he could play in a All Star game before returning. If I was to bet, I think he will go back when his contract is up.

    • mizbinboston - Mar 31, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      I think he’ll go back too. Hopefully Kenny can rig a couple 1 yr deals like he’d been doing with Lidstrom but we’ll see. Detroit fans have been able to watch #13 for years now and you can’t ask for much more–though it really does s#$k the rest of the NHL has only just figured out his genius in the last three years. I’m incredibly excited about him finally getting some East Coast coverage next year.
      As far as local media coverage, Detroit is notorious/famous/strict (?) for protecting their athletes where the Illitches are involved. Tigers and Wings.

  5. JoeAvg - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I’d hate to see him go but if that’s what his heart desires…God Speed Pavel, God Speed

  6. 13datsyuk13 - Mar 30, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Is there a KHL center ice package?

    • tzhg03 - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:29 AM

      They have no dependable view for KHL I tried ,did I ever try. Pavs team mate in Detroit
      Sergei Federov is the GM of the Moskow team Sergei had his entire investment from
      his NHL time stolen by a CPA in Grosse Point Michigan. Sergei may just be attempting
      to save Pav from a similar fate. We had a treasure here he will be missed.

  7. clefty1 - Mar 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    I would hate to see Pav leave after next season, he is having a great season and continues to make opponents look foolish, he is a great player for the NHL and he is worth the price of addmission.

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