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Khan offers a follow-up regarding Pavel Datsyuk’s potential lockout plans

On Saturday, Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk told R-Sport and Sovetsky Sport that he may play in the KHL if there is a lockout, and MLive's Ansar Khan provides a follow-up regarding Datsyuk's situation via Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin:

Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, told M-Live.com that the star forward “will have to play somewhere'' if there is a lockout and said he has a plan in place for him. But Greenstin said he wasn't prepared to share any details until Sept. 15, saying he hopes a new CBA is in place by then.

Datsyuk is practicing with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. Greenstin said Datsyuk will arrive in Detroit next week and continue preparing for the start of Red Wings training camp (the first on-ice practice is scheduled for Sept. 22 at Centre I.C.E. In Traverse City).

Datsyuk played for Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 NHL lockout. If he ends up playing in Russia again, his deal likely will include an escape clause enabling him to return to Detroit during the KHL season if the NHL and the players settle on a new CBA.

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gowings's avatar

Thanks for the update George. Any news on his hockey camp?

Posted by gowings from MTL on 08/28/12 at 12:32 PM ET

Keyser S.'s avatar

I know this isn’t possible, but I think the players should say “look, if there’s no cba in place by oct 1, I’m playing the entire season in the khl/sweden/swiss/finland”.

Can you imagine a whole season without 40-60 players like dats, crosby, ovie, chara, etc.

I’m not on anyones side. I just want to watch hockey.

BTW george, without your blog most wings fans would be in the dark regarding red wings news. You give us everything that is wings related on a daily basis. Thanks.

Posted by Keyser S. on 08/28/12 at 12:38 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I know this isn’t possible, but I think the players should say “look, if there’s no cba in place by oct 1, I’m playing the entire season in the khl/sweden/swiss/finland”.

It technically is possible, but it’s probably not good for North American hockey fans.

If you had 40 of the worlds best players do that, it would certainly make it a bit more difficult for the IIHL to pull all of their international transfer cards (which would prevent them from playing at the Worlds or in the Olympics). It would also kick off a huge legal dispute between the NHL and KHL, setting the two leagues back years as far as international cooperation goes.

It could very possibly mean those players’ bannings from the NHL… or a big grievance filed against the NHLPA which could lead to those players’ expulsion from the union.

There are a lot of interesting little legal challenges to consider if it’s done, but if you had the 40 best NHL players all sign to agree to that, then you can go ahead and write off this season.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/28/12 at 12:47 PM ET

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