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Pavel Datsyuk to address NHL future Saturday

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to address his future Saturday, when he'll be available to reporters at his youth hockey camp in the Detroit area.

Red Wings great has hinted he would be leaving Detroit to return to Russia

Pavel Datsyuk made his departure from the National Hockey League official on Saturday. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Pavel Datsyuk is expected to address his future Saturday, when he'll be available to reporters at his youth hockey camp in the Detroit area.

Datsyuk revealed plans in April to leave the Detroit Red Wings with a year left on his contract to reunite with his teenage daughter and continue his career in Russia. But after being quoted in a Detroit Free Press story saying he would retire from the NHL, Datsyuk told reporters there was a chance he could change his mind.

The 37-year-old Datsyuk has had a dazzling career. Detroit drafted him in the sixth round in 1998, and he helped the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 2002 as a rookie. He was one of the franchise's stars when it won another title in 2008.

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