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Datsyuk will return to Detroit next week after ‘tremendous’ Olympic performance

Feb 20, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

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Pavel Datsyuk isn’t rushing back to rejoin the Red Wings.

Ken Holland says that’s just fine.

“He’s taken an opportunity to go home for a few days,” the Wings GM said, per the Detroit Free Press. “I told him just to be on the ice Tuesday for practice. We certainly expect him to play Wednesday, but we’ll see how he feels.”

Datsyuk, from Yekaterinburg, was one of the few Russian players to exceed expectations at the Olympics. He came into Sochi hobbled by a knee injury but was the team’s best player, sharing the scoring lead (six points) with Alex Radulov while averaging nearly 18 and a half minutes per game.

Holland called the performance “tremendous,” especially in light of Datsyuk’s health.

“I thought he played very very well,” Holland said. “I know that he’s been battling an injury going back to December. Now he’s played five games here in short period of time. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to play for us next week.”

The 35-year-old Datsyuk might be going home for a rest, his workload will get heavy upon returning to Detroit. The Wings are going to be without captain Henrik Zetterberg for an undetermined length of time and Datsyuk will need to carry the load if the team wants to make the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

  1. imleftcoast - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Best player in the world. I’m not a Wings fan, but I love watching him play the game.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      As close to a Jedi as we’re going to get on this planet.

    • blomfeld - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:05 PM

      WHAT CAN BROWN DO FOR YOU ?

      GO USA GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • nj666 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        What can brown do for you? I dont know.. maybe take you out with a knee on knee….

  2. vm113 - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Got to feel for Dats. If the rest of the Russian team had half the heart Dats does they would be standing on the podium with gold on their chest.

  3. elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    He is hurt and did a disservice to the team who made him a millionaire.

    Don’t feel for him or the Russian team.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      …by leading them in points?

      I call that playing with heart. Disservice would be not to give credit where it’s due.

    • nj666 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      he’d probably still be a millionaire if he stayed in russia…

  4. LampyB - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Elrock he would be a millionaire in russia as well. As a Wings fan we’re just lucky to have him in the first place. Open your eyes and enjoy the world competition you fool.

    • elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Don’t care either way. My point is if you hurt, which he is your real job should come first.

      Steve Stamkos could have gone over there, but was smart and listened to the doctors advice. Ducksoup should have done the same.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        He was actually ready to play for Detroit just before the Olympics but sat out to make sure he was ready to represent Russia.

  5. muckleflugga - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    datsyuk made himself a millionaire … bought and paid for with other-worldly talent … he owes nothing

    pavel the only player in the present game who dictates speed and flow … be grateful you saw a player of his quality in your lifetime … they are rare … they are

    wizards

    • elrock7 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      You are out of your mind if you think he has more talent than anyone I have seen in my lifetime

      • nj666 - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        do name one, and gretzky hardly counts due to the fact goalies sucked during his era…

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