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Datsyuk's Agent Denies Report of KHL Defection

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02:51 PM ET 05.24 | Rumors flew on Friday that Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk had agreed to sign with the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) for the 2013-14 season. This, despite Datsyuk being under contract with Detroit for one more season. The Russian forward's agent denied the report when asked about it. ???It's all B.S. rumors, you can't believe it,'' said Gary Gerstein, who represents Datsyuk. ???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, we'll talk with (Red Wings GM) 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.'' Datsyuk is coming off another solid season with the Red Wings, with 15 goals and 34 assists. His 49 points were good for 10th-best in the National Hockey League.

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May 24, 2013  03:05 PM ET

My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

May 24, 2013  03:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

LOL I was just thinking the same thing BF

May 24, 2013  03:08 PM ET

One thing I'd be on is that as long as he's in the NHL he's a Wing....if he decides that he wants to go home after his contract is up then I wish him the best...Wings will miss him but still wish him well

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May 24, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

Curious timing to say the least

May 24, 2013  03:47 PM ET
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Curious timing to say the least

Not at all. Pavel has been saying for years he wants to play with Bob

May 24, 2013  03:49 PM ET

No. He will always be a Wing.

May 24, 2013  04:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

My no nonsensical side says:

No futzing way would a good soldier like Datsyuk try to not honour an existing valid contract.

If he was free and clear he might choose to leave and I'd miss him dearly.

But until he is free to go, I fully expect him to honour things as they stand. To do anything else would be completely out of character.

Besides, his superb play of late could only lead to a satisfying contract once this one expires should he decide to stay in Detroit.

May 24, 2013  04:33 PM ET
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My no nonsensical side says:No futzing way would a good soldier like Datsyuk try to not honour an existing valid contract.If he was free and clear he might choose to leave and I'd miss him dearly.But until he is free to go, I fully expect him to honour things as they stand. To do anything else would be completely out of character.Besides, his superb play of late could only lead to a satisfying contract once this one expires should he decide to stay in Detroit.

I agree completely Hank....

May 24, 2013  04:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

My no nonsensical side says:No futzing way would a good soldier like Datsyuk try to not honour an existing valid contract.If he was free and clear he might choose to leave and I'd miss him dearly.But until he is free to go, I fully expect him to honour things as they stand. To do anything else would be completely out of character.Besides, his superb play of late could only lead to a satisfying contract once this one expires should he decide to stay in Detroit.

It would be a major loss to the NHL if and when he does leave, but nothing in the Detroit papers even hint at something like this.

May 24, 2013  05:28 PM ET
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My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

Of course I want him to stay but, he can do whatever the hell he wants to. He's earned that right. If a better contract keeps him here ... so much the better.

May 24, 2013  05:31 PM ET
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But until he is free to go, I fully expect him to honour things as they stand. To do anything else would be completely out of character.

I agree. And, knowing the gentleman that he is, he will will do the honorable thing. Dat'z just who he is.

May 24, 2013  06:30 PM ET

Dat's all folks?

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May 24, 2013  08:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

My cynical side says its a ploy to get him a better contract.

That sounds about right....

Why would he go to a lesser league, unless he wants the scoring title? He is worth just as much as any player in the NHL IMO...

May 24, 2013  08:30 PM ET

Pavel rocks - they got him relatively cheap the last time - not this one.

May 24, 2013  08:37 PM ET
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Pavel rocks - they got him relatively cheap the last time - not this one.

Nor should they! 4 selke trophies? Isn't that how many? This guy has moves named after him!

May 25, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Nor should they! 4 selke trophies? Isn't that how many? This guy has moves named after him!

Hi Kinga, now they're saying Mayor Fard was a big-time hash slinger - as if something's wrong with that - well... there was obvously way too much grease in it, eh.

 
May 25, 2013  04:53 PM ET

OOPS... now it's his brother Councilman Doug Fard. Still good on the grease comment though, I guess. Definitely a trong family resemblance - nothing rolls like a Fard.

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