Russia's Pavel Datsyuk (L) celebrates with teammate Alexander Radulov after scoring against the Czech Republic during their Channel One Cup ice hockey game in Moscow December 15, 2012. (REUTERS)
Detroit Red Wings centre Pavel Datsyuk isn't in a hurry to return to the NHL.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Datsyuk, who spent much of the NHL lockout playing with CSKA Moscow in Russia, won't return to Michigan until after the KHL all-star game this weekend.
"Pavel loves Red Wings organization," Datsyuk's agent Gary Greenstin told the Free Press. "He make his name in Detroit. He belongs to them, and Detroit belong to him. He has permission to play in all-star game. He had reservation to fly the 11th; now I believe he will fly the 14th."
Unlike fellow Russian NHLer Ilya Kovalchuk, who recently hinted he wasn't sure if he'd return to the New Jersey Devils in time for the start of the NHL season on Jan. 19, Datsyuk is poised to return ahead of the league's start date.
"Pavel is big part of Detroit Red Wings, always, always, with him from beginning," Greenstin said. "He always respect contracts. But he has great time in Russia, playing very well in KHL."