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Datsyuk 'would like to leave' Red Wings: report

Agent says forward wants to give Detroit chance to prepare for departure

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Pavel Datsyuk wants to leave the Detroit Red Wings but is delaying a final decision to help the organization best handle his departure, his agent told the Detroit Free Press on Monday.

"He would like to leave, but at the same time, he wants to make sure the Wings have options," agent Dan Milstein said. "He wants to help the team any way he can with the salary-cap issue."

Datsyuk has one season remaining on his contract, and if the forward were to retire or play in Russia, his salary would count against Detroit's NHL salary cap next season.

The Red Wings could trade Datsyuk to an NHL team willing to absorb that contract.

Detroit will hold organizational meetings in mid-June and are looking for a resolution by then, the report said.

Milstein told last week that despite reports, Datsyuk has not signed a contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.

"I know for a fact that Pavel has not discussed a contract while playing for the national team in Russia," Milstein told the website. "I spoke with him to confirm this again. For a fact, we don't have a contract with anybody (in Russia) right now."

Reports from Russia said Datsyuk agreed to a two-year contract with St. Petersburg SKA.

Milstein said Datsyuk will return to Detroit next month.

"He's coming back to the U.S. first or second week of June (between the 5th and 16th)," Milstein said. "We plan on meeting with (Red Wings general manager) Ken Holland, not later than the 16th ..."

Datsyuk, 37, was a sixth-round pick (No. 171) by Detroit in the 1998 NHL Draft and has played 14 seasons in the NHL. He has 314 goals and 918 points in 953 games.

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