MOSCOW, January 10 (R-Sport) - Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has said he will stay in Russia for the KHL All-Star game on Sunday despite an unofficial end to the NHL lockout.
The NHL has ratified a new collective bargaining agreement on players’ pay and conditions, and most of the 40-plus NHLers who have been playing in Russia have returned to North America.
“Going to the Russian KHL All-Star Game (this weekend) in Chelyabinsk,” Datsyuk said on Twitter.
“Can't wait to be back in Detroit on Monday evening.”
The KHL said in a website statement Thursday that Datysuk and New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk would both be on the roster for the Western Conference team Sunday.
While at big-spending CSKA Moscow, Datsyuk has notched up 11 goals and 25 assists in 31 games, and has also hit three goals and five assists in three games for the Russian national team.