The president of the Kontinental Hockey League has declared that NHL players who played in Russia during the lockout are welcome to stay, even if it means engaging in a legal battle with the NHL.
But, Red Wings fans have no reason to worry. Pavel Datsyuk is coming back to Detroit, after playing for CSKA Moscow during the work stoppage.
Gary Greenstin, Datsyuk's agent, said the star center will fly to Detroit in a few days and should arrive for the start of training camp, likely on Sunday.
"He'll be on time,'' Greenstin told MLive.com on Tuesday. "Pavel is ready to play. In a few days, he'll be in Detroit. I talked to Ken (Red Wings general manager Holland) yesterday, everything is under control. Pavel is an honest player, honest person. He has an obligation to Detroit.
"Of course, (CSKA Moscow) wants him to stay, but my clients always oblige their contracts. The standard player contract says when the lockout is over they have to return.''
Alexander Medvedev would beg to differ, apparently. The KHL president told Sport-Express foreign correspondent Slava Malamud that the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement may be the basis for terminating existing contracts and that some players will stay in Russia.
"Our league will act according to our own and international rules,'' Medvedev told Sport-Express. "If players decide to stay, we will help them.''
Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk will return to Detroit, agent says, as some contemplate staying in Russia
Michigan Live | Jan 9