Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News put up an interesting article today about the plans of Detroit's best forward, Pavel Datsyuk.

Detroit — Pavel Datsyuk will be returning to the Red Wings, but not before playing in the Kontinental Hockey League all-star game.

Datsyuk's agent Gary Greenstin said Wednesday that Datsyuk will play in the Jan. 13 event in Chelyabinsk, Russia, which is roughly two hours from Datsyuk's hometown.

The 13th is expected to be the day that NHL training camps open after the NHLPA ratifies the recently agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement. The NHL announced today that a unanimous Board of Governors vote ratified the agreement from the NHL's side just hours ago.

With Datsyuk playing in the KHL's All-Star Game, he's likely not going to make it back to Detroit to start camp. While there are quite a few legal challenges which have been hinted at lately regarding Russian stars staying in Europe this year, Kulfan says that Datsyuk's agent Barry Greenstin has promised Pavel will be returning as soon as he can after the game and has GM Ken Holland's blessings for this plan. Holland has yet to confirm this.