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Datsyuk to take KHL break, attend All-Star weekend

Tampa Bay Lightning v Detroit Red Wings - Game Three

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 21: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings gets ready for a face off during the third period against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 21, 2015 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings defeated the Lightning 3-0. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Dan Milstein, the agent representing former Red Wings great Pavel Datsyuk, has confirmed a Sportsnet report that Datsyuk will be attending the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

Datsyuk, 38, is currently plying his trade with KHL powerhouse SKA Saint Petersburg, where he has 24 points through 33 games. This marks his first season back in his native Russia following a banner 15-year career in Detroit, where he captured two Stanley Cups and three Selke trophies as the league’s top defensive forward.

Most have presumed Datsyuk’s presence at the ASG is in conjunction with yesterday’s announcement -- the NHL will unveil its 100 Greatest Players over the weekend, with a primetime television special hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm.

It’s safe to assume Datsyuk will be among the Top 100.