Thursday, August 17, 2017

Datsyuk's agent hints at a move to KHL in event of NHL lockout

Yekaterinburg region native Pavel Datsyuk may join the KHL in the event of an NHL lockout.

Though Datsyuk and agent Gary Greenstin have not made any official statements, Pavel did tell Sovsport that if he did end up in the KHL, he would want to compete for a championship, Winging It In Motown reports.

Greenstin, meanwhile, said that Datsyuk would "have to play somewhere" if there is a lockout and that he has a plan in place for him. Greenstin will not share any details until September 15.

Datsyuk played in the KHL during the 2004-05 lockout and has spent most of this summer in Russia, maintaining a presence in the country's hockey community. He has spent his time in his hometown of Yekaterinburg, practicing with Avtomobilist, according to Khan. The NHL and KHL have a non-compete agreement, meaning that any contract Datsyuk signs with the KHL would have to include a clause allowing him to return to the NHL when the Red Wings begin their season, according to Winging It In Motown.