The Malik Report
by George Malik on 09/16/12 at 01:26 PM ET
Per the Free Press's Helene St. James, it didn't take long for Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk to sign with a KHL team (and sorry about being late on this one, I was very ill this morning)...
Which Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnkov says comes from a report from Sovetsky Sport's Pavel Lysenkov...
And the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness is confirming:
Pavel Datsyuk is the first Detroit Red Wing to find employment for the upcoming season.
Datsyuk signed to play in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League with Ak Bars Kazan according to Russia’s Sport Express.
The owners locked the players out as of midnight since a new collective bargaining agreement could not be reached.
He will return once the lockout ends.
Many other Wings are expected to sign overseas as well.
Datsyuk played with the same club before he came to the NHL.
During the 2004-05 lockout, Datsyuk played the entire season for Dynamo Moscow.
MLive's Ansar Khan also confirms...
Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has signed to play with Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League during the NHL lockout, according to Russia's Sport Express.
Datsyuk is the first of many Red Wings expected to sign with European clubs. They will return to Detroit once the lockout ends.
Ak Bars Kazan is the club Datsyuk played for in 2000-01, before he joined the NHL. Datsyuk played for Dynamo Moscow during the previous NHL work stoppage in 2004-05.
And he sends us to Sport-Express's confirmation thereof:
Datsyuk signs with "Ak Bars"
Detroit forward Pavel Datsyuk has chosen to play for the Ak Bars to continue his career during the lockout. According to Sport-Express, the 2012 World Champion, 2010 silver and bronze (2002, 2005) World Champion will continue his career [in Kazan, reports Alex Evstifeev].
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