Datsyuk, who was previously reported to be headed to AK Bars Kazan, will instead sign with CSKA Moscow, according to multiple reports. The general manager of the famed Russian league team is ex-Red Wings Sergei Fedorov. CSKA Moscow — the “Central Red Army” — was the home of the Wings’ Russian Five before they headed to Detroit.
Filppula, meanwhile, looks set to sign with Jokerit Helsinki of the SM-Liiga, the top hockey league in Finland. Filppula’s older brother, Ilari, is a member of that team, as well as Ben Eaves, brother of current Red Wing Patrick Eaves. The Jokerit roster also boasts familiar NHL faces Teemu Pulkkinen and Jarkko Ruutu.
NHL players are permitted to play overseas during the lockout, though they will be required to acquire insurance against their NHL contracts, in the event that they suffer an injury. Players who cleared waivers and were assigned to AHL clubs, such as the Wings’ Damien Brunner, will (in most cases) be asked to return for the AHL season, which begins next month.