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Datsyuk not concerned about his injury, Zetterberg is

Feb 11, 2014, 8:41 AM EDT

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Alex Ovechkin #8, Head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, and Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Russian Federation pose during a team photo session on day three of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Arena on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Getty Images

As previously reported, Pavel Datsyuk will play for Team Russia on Thursday. The only question now is what that means for him in the long run.

Datsyuk missed a little over a month due to a lower-body injury and while he returned on Jan. 6, it was in a limited capacity. Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the superstar forward probably isn’t at 100% and head coach Mike Babcock is of the same belief, but Datsyuk doesn’t seem worried.

“Everything’s fine,” Datsyuk said through an interpreter, according to the Canadian Press. “My injury does not bother me at all. Babcock is not my concern right now.”

But how Datsyuk handles his injury is the Red Wings’ long-term concern.

“Obviously I’m worried that he’s not 100% when he comes back and plays for Detroit,” Datsyuk’s long-time Red Wings teammate, Henrik Zetterberg said, according to TSN’s Jonas Siegel.

Zetterberg will play for Team Sweden in the Olympics. Meanwhile, Datsyuk is projected to play alongside Ilya Kovalchuk and Alexander Radulov. Russia’s opener will be against Slovenia.

  1. jweipp17 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    I want to see Datsyuk vs. Zetterberg!! Two of the best 2-way players in the game!

  2. geo91 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Datsyuk is going to have a horrible tournament, he can hardly move out there with his injury. He’s going to come back to the wings, play one game, then be back on the shelf for the season. Idiot.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    WRONG! Datsyuk is the greatest and most exciting player in the world. Even on one leg he can still beat 90% of his competition. He will have a huge tournament and it will kick start Detroits push to a Stanley Cup. I’m predicting a tournament MVP, and will all see Ovi’s jealous look as the award is handed over.

    • dueman - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      I’m guessing that you might be a bit biased on the subject…

    • charlieconway96 - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      Where is this fantasy land that you live in? I must go there.

      • hockeydon10 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        You should visit. The weather is pleasant and he has free, cold beer.

  4. c9castine - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    can’t even see the best russian player in that picture.

    • hockeydon10 - Feb 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Is that you Bryz?

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Dear Doubters, Did you see the Magician play today? Now that the home loss is out of the way watch for a very focused Russian team with Datsyuk leading the way. Tourney MVP is all but locked up.

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