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Datsyuk won't make decision on future until after World Championship

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A decision on whether or not Pavel Datsyuk has played his final game in the NHL is likely still a month away.

The 37-year-old is not expected to make a decision on his playing career until after the World Championship, Datsyuk said, according to Helene St. James of Detroit Free Press.

Datsyuk will play for Russia at the tournament that runs from May 6 until May 22 in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

General manager Ken Holland spoke about the prospect of Datsyuk leaving and believes it's the most likely scenario.

"Given my past conversations with Pav and (agent) Dan Milstein ... I guess I would expect news that he's not coming back," said Holland.

Datsyuk has insisted that he is likely to return to Russia to play in the KHL next season, but has yet to make a final decision. He still remains under contract with the Detroit Red Wings through next season.

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