Detroit Red Wings fans breathed a sigh of relief earlier this off-season when Pavel Datsyuk signed a 3-year extension to stay in Detroit.

But had he left for his native Russia at the end of his contract next year, it could have been Sergei Fedorov’s gain.

Federov, the ex-Red Wings star who’s now the general manager of the KHL’s CSKA Moscow, told a news outlet in Russia that he sat down with Datsyuk to try and lure him to the KHL starting in 2014.

“Unfortunately for us, Pavel extended his contract with Detroit," Fedorov said. "I had a meeting with him a few days before the signing. We had the chance to get Pavel in a year's time, but as a person who knows what the NHL is all about, I understand perfectly well why he did what he did.”

Datsyuk, who scored 49 points last season, played for CSKA Moscow during the NHL lockout.