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Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk Likely Will Play In Russia If There's A Lockout

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is prepared to go to Russia and play in the KHL in the event of an NHL lockout.

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Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is prepared to go to Russia and play in the KHL in the event of an NHL lockout.

Datsyuk's agent has said that he isn't prepared to share any details about where the three-time Frank J. Selke Award winner and four-time All-Star would play in the event of a lockout until at least Sept. 15. However Datsyuk told sovsport.ru that he would like to play for a team that will fight for the KHL championship in the event of an NHL lockout.

He is currently in Russia practicing with the KHL team Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg but plans to return to Detroit next week to prepare for the start of Red Wings training camp, which is scheduled to begin Sept. 22. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Datsyuk played for the KHL team Dynamo Moscow.

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