CHELYABINSK, Russia, January 12 (R-Sport) - Pavel Datsyuk spoke Saturday of his regret at having to return to the Detroit Red Wings after the lockout and his “enormous desire” to spend the rest of the season in his native Russia.
During the lockout, expected to end Sunday, Datsyuk has starred for big-spending CSKA Moscow in the KHL, and has chosen to delay his return to Detroit so he can play in Sunday’s All-Star game.
“I’d be delighted to stay here in Russia and play the season to the end. There’s just enormous desire,” he said at the All-Star weekend.
“But unfortunately, our desires don’t always match our abilities,” he added, referring to his NHL contract obligations.
In the KHL, Datsyuk scored 11 goals and 25 assists in 31 games for CSKA.
New Jersey Devils wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Boston Bruins goaltender Anton Khudobin have both publically mulled staying in the KHL this season, although both have confirmed they will return to their NHL teams.