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Sergei Fedorov says KHL almost stole another NHL star

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Pavel Datsyuk was targeted by CSKA Moscow, but the Red Wings star opted to stay in Detroit. [Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]

Pavel Datsyuk was targeted by CSKA Moscow, but the Red Wings star opted to stay in Detroit. [Getty Images]

By Allan Muir

Maybe if CSKA Moscow general manager Sergei Fedorov had been a bit more persuasive, Ilya Kovalchuk would have had some superstar-caliber company in the KHL.

According to a report in today’s RiaNovosti, Fedorov had a sit-down meeting with Pavel Datsyuk, hoping to convince the star forward to bolt the NHL and return home to Russia at the end of his current contract.

“Unfortunately for us, Pavel extended his contract with Detroit,” Fedorov told the website. “I had a meeting with him a few days before the signing. We had the chance to get Pavel in a year’s time, but as a person who knows what the NHL is all about, I understand perfectly well why he did what he did,” Fedorov said.

“He said: ‘I want to grow as a player and I think that for me the best option is to stay in the NHL.’”

Datsyuk ended up signing a three-year, $22.5 million extension with Detroit last month that will keep him wearing the winged wheel through the 2016-17 season.

Earlier this week, Datsyuk had dismissed talk of the KHL option in an interview with Dmitry Chesnokov. “To be honest with you, I didn’t even listen to them,” he said of the rumors. “Rumors and rumors. There are always more than enough of them.”

Datsyuk will be 38 by the time his extension expires. It’s a good bet the Red Wings will be willing to move on at that point…and that Fedorov will be waiting.

(s/t to George Malik)

  • Published On Jul 19, 2013
  • 4 comments
    Hockey1011
    Hockey1011

    Saying the KHL "Almost stole another star" is like saying "I almost made it to the NHL" - Yeah, I gave it a shot, and I never came even remotely close. 

    Just because Fedorov had a conversation with Datsyuk, it doesn't mean they "almost" got him.

    I'll request a date with Kate Mara via Twitter. I'll get the same result as Fedorov. 

    SalemJohnson
    SalemJohnson

    Datsyuk is a sports classic and his comments just add to his legacy.  At a time when athletes are concerned with cashing in with the biggest contract they can get and want their egos massaged all the time we have Datsyuk saying at the twilight of his career.  ‘I want to grow as a player and I think that for me the best option is to stay in the NHL.’”  One correction for the article, when Datsyuk turns 38 the Wings and every other team in the NHL will want him and the NHL will not be ready to move on.

    DogPuncher
    DogPuncher

    datsyuk is way better than kovalchuk.

    Nick21
    Nick21

    Datsyuk still needs to grow as a player?