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Datsyuk signs one-year deal wih Russian club

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has signed
with Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk, but it was unclear
whether the deal contained an "out clause" that might allow him
to remain with his NHL team.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk's agent, Gary
Greenstin, told him Monday of the signing with the Russian team.
Holland said he was awaiting details of the contract.
"Everything depends on the out clause," Holland said.
Holland said he spent much of the weekend talking and
negotiating with Greenstin.
There was no immediate word of what Datsyuk, a 27-year-old
restricted free agent, would get from the Russian team. Detroit has
offered Datsyuk about $3 million to $4 million, the Detroit Free
Press and The Detroit News said.
"When you lose a guy like Pavel, you're losing a guy you're
counting on for a lot of offense," Holland said.
Detroit is $7 million under its $39 million salary cap with four
roster spots open.
During the NHL lockout last season, Datsyuk played for Moscow
Dynamo, scoring 23 goals in 57 regular-season and playoff games. He
had 42 goals and 77 assists during the past two regular seasons
with the Red Wings.
The Red Wings open training camp Sept. 11 in Traverse City.