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Red Wings will ‘respect’ Pavel Datsyuk’s decision about playing in Sochi

Feb 1, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings have been without Pavel Datsyuk for more a month due to injury, but it appears he’ll play for Russia in the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

Datsyuk last played for Detroit at the 2014 Winter Classic, missing the last 12 games due to a a lower-body injury. He also sat out for seven games through November and December after suffering a concussion on a hit to the head from Ottawa’s Jared Cowen. It’s been an injury-plagued season for the 35-year-old Datsyuk.

So you can understand the trepidation the Red Wings’ organization has when it comes to the idea of Datsyuk competing in the men’s hockey event in his home country.

“Am I worried?” Red Wings’ general manager Ken Holland told the Toronto Sun.

“Of course, I’m worried. But I understand what an opportunity this is for every Russian and every other player. Pavel has a decision to make and I understand that it’s his decision and I respect that its his decision.”

Earlier this week, there were reports that Datsyuk’s teammate in Detroit, Johan Franzen, will not play for Sweden at the Olympics because of a concussion.

  1. angrytwitterguy - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Why is respect in quotes?

    Nevermind, I already know why and it’s pathetic

    • cheliostwin - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      That is the word that Holland used in his statement. It is shorthand for including the entire quote in the headline, which would be awkward. In this usage it just indicates that that is the word that Holland used. It would be different if that word was in quotes inside of the Holland quote, but it wasn’t.

      • angrytwitterguy - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

        Are you a moron? Ya you’re a moron

  2. lowenni - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    I think he should go, if only because he’s the Russian captain. If he’s feeling good before Sochi it’s too big of an opportunity to pass up, if he goes and doesn’t feel right he’ll sit. He’s Pavelski Datsyuk, he’ll pull it off.

    • titansrbeast - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      What did you say about Joe Pavelski?

    • lowenni - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:21 PM

      Hmm…strange autocorrect there on my phone. Obviously meant Pavel, haha..

  3. smarshall3789 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Die hard wings fan here and I’d love to see him in the Olympics I just have this feeling that he will come back and not play for the wings till later on in march cause he’s “banged” up and that’s not fair to the wings and it’s fans

    • vm113 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:34 PM

      If you were a die hard Wings fan you would know Pav is no puss he doesn’t sit out just to sit out dude is a gamer.

      • smarshall3789 - Feb 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM

        And what is he doing right now….. Sitting out yeah what I thought!!

  4. bozgood - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Just so you do know… It’s in quotations because it is indeed a quote from Detroit’s GM.

    You also have to understand why Ken Holland feels that way he does. Pavel, in my opinion is the best 2 way player in the world and he hasn’t been healthy enough to play since the Classic. If he reinjures his leg in the Olympics, he could be lost for the rest of the year.

    I guess I’m worried about that too. But I “respect” Pavels decision to play in Sochi.

    • angrytwitterguy - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Cam Tucker is a “good” writer
      Cam tucker is a good writer

      See the difference?
      It’s a pathetic attempt to make it sound like the Wings are paying lip service to Pavel. If a writer wasn’t attempting to make something out of nothing the headline would simply be the “Red Wings will respect Datsyuks decision about playing in Sochi”

      Ken Holland just confirmed what every single NHL GM has to deal with, having to accept that they have no choice but to respect that it’s the players choice.

      It’s sad that when Holland says exactly how it is, and how it is for every GM, you have some writer make an attempt to make it controversial.

      Every single GM in the league is worried about losing a player to an injury at the Olympics, every single GM has to respect that it’s the players choice.

  5. vm113 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    I don’t care what anybody says, the Olympics right now are more important than anything else going on. You know it, the players know it, everybody should know it. Pav should rest up and be healthy for the games. The pressure and glory of representing your country is greater than anything going on in Detroit. Im not one of those guys worrying about him getting injured in the Olympics, if anything I’m the opposite. I think he’ll rest up, elevate his game in the Olympics, and let that spark follow him back to Detroit. I think the elevated intensity is going to be good for his mind in turn benefiting his body. I think it’s a blessing in disguise. Whatever happens i know one thing, Pav busts his ass for our team. It’s a shame injuries have set him back this year, but this dude does so much without asking anything for return, it’s humbling to watch. We should all be appreciative of his services and understand this guy goes all out for his team! Even though i can barely understand a word he says he lets his game do the talking and that’s the type of players i respect!

  6. sfroeh - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Here’s hoping that Datsyuk will at least bring back fresher legs; if not a Gold medal. Detroit needs him healthy when the playoff push begins.

  7. LampyB - Feb 2, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    No you idiot, lets not hope he brings back a gold medal for communist Russia. Whats wrong with you?

    • cheliostwin - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Yeah, we Wings fans are rooting for Sweden to win the gold…

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Communist Russia?

      • handsofsweed - Feb 2, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        Shhhh. He doesn’t know what “Oligarchy” means.

  8. hightopandrocket - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Wings supporter here, I’ll be supporting the USA all the way!!!!

  9. hightopandrocket - Feb 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Wings supporter here, I’ll be supporting the USA all the way!!!!

  10. joey4id - Feb 2, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Respect for Datysuk’s decision? Are you kidding us Holland? The NHL owners’ decisions to halt the season and allow the players to participate in the Olympics is what you should respect. Owners can’t have their cake and eat it too.

  11. sfroeh - Feb 2, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    As a fellow Wings fan, I want all the Olympians to get medals. But if Datsyuk comes home with Gold hopefully he’ll bring his magic back to Motown. And thanks Lampy; I really appreciate your petty name-calling. It’s evident that you’re a Rhode’s scholar by your username

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