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by George Malik on 05/24/13 at 10:52 AM ET
Updated 2x with Greenstin's comments to Khan and Duff at 3:06 PM: Ugh. Not what I wanted to wake up to:
Sovetsky Sport's Artury Enikeew suggested that Pavel Datsyuk has signed a tentative agreement to play for Ak Bars Kazan for 3 seasons beginning in 2014, and that the contract will be announced after the NHL season ends...
But Yahoo Sports' Dmitry Chesnokov reports that that's inaccurate:
Greenstin did indeed state to Pavel Lysenkov that:
1. Signing such a contract with the Ak Bars is illegal;
2. Datsyuk's made his decision but won't reveal it;
3. He will meet with Datsyuk (and perhaps the Wings?) in Chicago on Saturday.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan spoke to Greenstin on Friday:
The agent for Pavel Datsyuk said Friday that a report claiming the Detroit Red Wings star has agreed to a contract with a Russian team starting in 2014-15 is false.
“It's all B.S. rumors, you can't believe it,'' Gary Greenstin told MLive.com. “Pavel can't talk to anybody, he's under contract with the Red Wings for one more year. It's stupid rumors, not from me, not from Pavel.''
“Nobody is talking to any Russian team. We have rules,'' Greenstin said. “We'll talk with (Red Wings general manager) Kenny Holland after the playoffs. Everything's on hold right now because of the playoffs. We have time with Pavel. We're not in a hurry.''
Asked if Datsyuk has made up his mind, Greenstin said, “We discussed something, but we'll talk more after the playoffs.''
Datsyuk said during training camp that it would be his dream to return home to play in Russia one day, but did not say whether that would be after his current deal expires or later in his career.Greenstin reiterated that if Datsyuk stays in North America he will play only for the Red Wings.
Update #2: Greenstin spoke to the Windsor Star's Bob Duff, too:
“Pavel can’t talk to anybody,” Greenstin said. “We have rules; he’s under contract with the Red Wings.”
He also pointed out plans to begin contract talks with the Wings once the Stanley Cup playoffs have concluded.
“He has one more year left on contract with Red Wings,” Greenstin said of Datsyuk. “We’ll talk to (Detroit GM) Ken Holland after the playoffs. Now it’s playoff time, all decisions are on hold. We have time with Pavel. We’re not in a hurry (to make a decision). We discussed something but we’ll talk more after the playoffs.”
Greenstin made one guarantee regarding Datsyuk’s hockey future.
“If he stays in North America it will be with Red Wings,” Greenstin said.
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