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Datsyuk to inform Red Wings soon: report

GM says he expects decision on forward's future in early June

by @nhl

Pavel Datsyuk will inform the Detroit Red Wings of his decision on his future in early June, general manager Ken Holland confirmed to The Detroit News on Monday.

Datsyuk had mentioned that possible timeline after the Red Wings season ended with a five-game loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference First Round last month.

"I don't want to make a fast decision. I need more time," Datsyuk said April 25. "I'll go to the world championships, play there, and of course during the world championships, I'll be thinking about it more."

Datsyuk, 37, has one year remaining on his contract with Detroit. He has talked in the past about returning home to play in the Kontinental Hockey League. The forward has three assists in three games at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

"I hope he'll be back, but it would pretty naive for me to sit here and expect things to be the way they were year after year and think that [Datsyuk] was coming back," Holland said after the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers.

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Datsyuk 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.

"I want to just more figure it out [because] it's my decision, not hear from people what their thoughts [are about] everything," he said.

He had 16 goals and 49 points in 66 games this season and was scoreless in the five playoff games.

A two-time Stanley Cup champion, Datsyuk has won the Lady Byng Trophy four times and the Selke Trophy three times.

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