Red Wings' Datsyuk says it's hard to make final decision now
FILE - In this April 25, 2015, file photo, Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, of Russia, celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Tampa, Fla. Datsyuk is expected to retire from the NHL after the playoffs. Datsyuk discussed his plans for the first time in an interview with the Detroit Free Press published Sunday, April 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
DETROIT (AP) Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk says it is hard to make a final decision on his future.
Datsyuk was peppered with questions Monday, a day after being quoted in a story saying he was returning to Russia and retiring from the NHL.
The 37-year-old center insists his focus is only on the playoffs. The Red Wings will play at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night in the first game of the playoffs.
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Datsyuk has one season left on his three-year, $22.5 million contract. He will count $7.5 million against Detroit's salary cap next season even if he retires. Datsyuk acknowledges it was a mistake to sign a multiyear deal.
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg says he had a feeling Datsyuk would want to go back home.