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Red Wings' Datsyuk plans to retire from NHL after playoffs

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is expected to retire from the NHL after the playoffs.

Dan Milstein, his agent, confirmed Datsyuk's decision.

Datsyuk discussed his plans for the first time in an interview with the Detroit Free Press published Sunday.

"I'm thinking I go home after this season," he told the newspaper. "I may not be done with hockey, but — it is hard to say — I think I am done playing in NHL."

Datsyuk wants to return to Russia to reunite with his teenage daughter and to play in the Kontinental Hockey League for at least one season.

Milstein said Datsyuk's plans will not be final, though, until after...