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by George Malik on 09/19/12 at 11:25 AM ET
Updated 2x at 12:19 PM: Per Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov and Sport-Express's Igor Larin, Red WIngs forward Pavel Datsyuk ended up signing a lockout deal with CSKA Moscow, and the Free Press's Helene St. James is both confirming Jakub Kindl's statement about playing for Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga and she rounds up the Wings' European signings--or the lack thereof...
Kindl sent out a tweet this morning saying, "Looks like deal is done for now going to play in Pardubice."
Pardubice is the hometown of Wings great Dominik Hasek.
Cory Emmerton also is trying to play overseas. Damien Brunner has a deal with EV Zug of the Swiss league, but he plans to come back and play in Grand Rapids next month, when the Griffins' season gets under way.
Many Wings, including Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg and Daniel Cleary, are staying in Detroit for now and won't make decisions on whether to play elsewhere for several more weeks.
Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk remained in Russia, where he originally planned to play for his old club, AK Bars Kazan. But he has yet to sign a contract. Like every other NHLer trying to play in Europe, he's held up by needing a player-transfer card from the International Ice Hockey Federation (this was the same hurdle former Wing Jiri Hudler ran into a few years back, when he signed with the KHL's Moscow Dynamo after going through NHL arbitration with the Wings). Datsyuk's agent, Gary Greenstin, is in Russia, trying to help sort out the matter.
Were everything on schedule, the Wings would be leaving for training camp Thursday, take physicals Friday, and begin skating Saturday.
MLive's Ansar Khan confirms:
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk will play for CSKA Moscow of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout, according to Sovietsy Sport, a national daily newspaper in that country.
An earlier report from Russia's Sport Express claiming Datsyuk had signed with AK Bars Kazan was inaccurate.
Datsyuk is one of many Red Wings expected to sign with European clubs if the lockout lingers. Defenseman Jakub Kindl tweeted this morning that he has joined Czech club Pardubice.
These players will return to Detroit once work stoppage ends.
Rookie Damien Brunner will play for his Swiss team, Zug, before joining the Grand Rapids Griffins when their season starts on Oct. 12.
Sovetsky Sport also reports that Datsyuk will have his physical exam and presser tomorrow...
Update #2: The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness also confirms...
Pavel Datsyuk will be playing in the Kontinental Hockey League this season, but it won’t be for AK Bars Kazan, which was originally reported by Russia’s Sport Express.
Datsyuk will play for CSKA Moscow of the KHL.
This is being reported by Sovietsy Sport, the national daily newspaper in Russia.
During the 2004-05 lockout, Datsyuk played the entire season for Dynamo Moscow.
Defenseman Jakub Kindl is heading to the Czech Republic to play for Pardubice.
Kindl tweeted this morning that’s where he would be playing during the NHL lockout.
Also, before rookie Damien Brunner joins the Grand Rapids Griffins he will will play for his former team in Switzerland, Zug.
As does the Detroit News's Ted Kuflan:
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