Datsyuk’s meeting with Holland on hold due to Howe’s death

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Pavel Datsyuk

Detroit – The long-awaited meeting between Ken Holland Pavel Datsyuk has been put on hold.

Out of respect to Red Wings legend Gordie Howe, who died Friday and whose visitation honors and funeral take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Holland and Datsyuk have pushed back their scheduled Tuesday meeting, said Datsyuk’s agent Dan Milstein.

Datsyuk is leaning toward returning to Russia, to be closer to his daughter while finishing his playing career in the KHL. But Datsyuk has consistently said he wants to sit down and talk with Holland, the Red Wings general manager, before making a final decision.

Holland believes Datsyuk will return to Russia. Datsyuk – who will attend Howe’s funeral Wednesday – has one year left on his Red Wings contract, with a $7.5 million salary cap hit.

Datsyuk will be host a hockey camp at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s June 17-21.

Howe’s visitation will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena. The funeral will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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