Datsyuk's agent confirms KHL offer; no decision before Red Wings meeting
Pavel Datsyuk officially has options to consider.
The Detroit Red Wings forward's agent, Dan Milstein, confirmed to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press and the NHL's official website that his client has received an offer to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL.
Milstein says no decision will be made until Datsyuk meets with the Red Wings in mid-June, as he's planned to do since heading to the World Championship in Russia to represent the host country.
The agent dismissed a report of SKA St. Petersburg's interest last week, saying his client hadn't spoken to any other teams while at the tournament and didn't have another agreement in place.
Now, Milstein admits there has been at least one offer outside Detroit, and there could be more coming.
"We expect offers from others, as well," the agent said. "(But) Pavel will not do anything until he first sits down with (Red Wings general manager) Ken Holland."
Datsyuk is about to take a vacation after helping Russia earn the bronze medal at the worlds. He won't return to the U.S. before June 15 at the earliest, according to the Free Press.
The 37-year-old is under contract with the Red Wings for one more season at a cap hit of $7.5 million.
Barring a trade of his rights to another NHL club, the final year of his deal would remain on Detroit's books even if he departs for the KHL, because he signed it after turning 35.