Datsyuk, Kovalchuk, others headed to RussiaBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Sep 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT
Several more locked out NHL players have signed with Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, according to NBC Sports. Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk will play for the Ak-Bars Kazan. Datsyuk played with them as far back as the 2000-01 before going to the NHL. He also played for Dynamo Moscow during the 2004-05 lockout. Yahoo! Sports reported that Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils will sign with SKA on Wednesday. He played for Ak-Bars Kazan during the last work stoppage. Ruslan Fedotenko's agent, Allan Walsh, said the Philadelphia Flyer will play for Donbass Donetsk. Walsh also said that Winnipeg Jets forward Alexei Ponikarovsky will also sign with Donbass. Also, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin will join Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin and Ottawa Senators' Sergei Gonchar in Magnitogorsk. The KHL is expected to attract more locked out NHL players as the season has already begun. The NHL work stoppage is in its second day and there are no formal talks planned.
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