Pavel Datsyuk could return to the NHL next season, his agent said Wednesday.
The 40-year-old center, who spent his entire 14-season NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, last played in the NHL in 2015-16. He is in his third season with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League and has 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists) in 44 KHL games this season.
Datsyuk's KHL contract ends after this season.
"I can tell you Pavel is not ready to quit hockey in next few years," his agent, Dan Milstein, told Match TV in Russia. "So again, it's up to him, going to America or playing in the KHL."
Datsyuk announced his retirement from the NHL on June 18, 2016, after playing 953 games, to return to his native Russia. His NHL contract had one season remaining with an average annual value of $7.5 million, and he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes on June 24, 2016. He would be an unrestricted free agent in the NHL.