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by Paul on 07/19/13 at 08:29 AM ET
from RIA Novosti,
CSKA Moscow missed the chance to sign Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk for the 2014-15 season, the KHL team's general manager told R-Sport on Friday.
Sergei Fedorov, himself a former NHL star with 1,248 appearances from 1990 through 2009, said he sat down with Datsyuk just days before he inked a three-year extension with Detroit last month.
"Unfortunately for us, Pavel extended his contract with Detroit," Fedorov said. "I had a meeting with him a few days before the signing. We had the chance to get Pavel in a year's time, but as a person who knows what the NHL is all about, I understand perfectly well why he did what he did," Fedorov said.
"He said: 'I want to grow as a player and I think that for me the best option is to stay in the NHL.'"
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