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Datsyuk Want to Avoid Russian Arbitration

from Russian Hockey Digest,
Translated by Alexei Belousenko (RusHockey.com) & Eugene Belashchenko (RussianProspects.com) Yesterday, Soviet Sport correspondent gave Pavel Datsyuk a phone call, who declared that he flatly refuses to let the PHL’s arbitration court determine the outcome of his current RSL situation. Pavel, how are you? P. Datsyuk: So far… not well. Everything was clear until the moment I signed the contract with Avangard (Omsk). Now you see how the situation unpredictably turned out… To play in Avangard was my personal decision and now I would like to fulfill my commitments in front of the Omsk club. Did you get upset that Dynamo matched Avangard’s contract offer, and you ended up outside of hockey for an uncertain period time? P. Datsyuk: No, I understand that this is business. I am not upset with anyone. A few days ago you talked in person to Dynamo’s president Anatoly Kharchuk. He said in Soviet Sport’s interview that he had an impression that Datsyuk didn’t realize that he signed an offer sheet with Avangard. P. Datsyuk: Why an offer sheet? I signed a full contract with Avangard. At the time, I didn’t have any obligations in front of Dynamo. When I signed the contract with Avangard, I informed all of the parties. I am not going to blame anyone for this situation. Of course I understand that general managers do everything possible for the good of their teams. Unfortunately, everything turned out the way it did… Did you determine which club you’d like to play for? P. Datsyuk: I foresee my future plans only in Detroit. I know that GM Ken Holland is awaiting my final decision. But in this situation I’d like to fulfill my duties in front Avangard. By that I mean my one-year contract. In theory, you could pack your things, fly to Detroit and play in the best hockey league in the world. What is holding you here? P. Datsyuk: Commitments which I made to Avangard are holding me here. I am a respectable person and can not go back on my word.

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