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Report: Pavel Datsyuk near return to Red Wings lineup

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Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings has been rehabbing a knee injury. (Greg Aibel/Getty Images)

By Amy Lilek

The injury-riddled Red Wings were hoping to get Pavel Datsyuk back for their game against Boston on Wednesday night after NHL.com reported that he was getting close returning from the knee injury that has sidelined him since February 27. That report proved to be over-optimistic when Datsyuk declared himself not quite ready to return to action after the team’s morning skate.

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  • Published On Apr 01, 2014
  • Pavel Datsyuk on Russian anti-gay law: “I’m orthodox and that says it all.”

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    By Allan Muir

    It was only a matter of time before a member of Russia’s hockey community was asked for his take on the country’s controversial anti-gay law ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

    The response was equally predictable.

    After being presented Thursday with the 2013 Kharlamov Trophy — awarded to the NHL’s top Russian player, as voted by his peers — Red Wings’ forward Pavel Datsyuk had the hot button question dropped in his lap. His reply, according to Russian journalist Igor Eronko: “I’m an orthodox and that says it all.”

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  • Published On Aug 22, 2013
  • Must See: Pavel Datsyuk shows off some sick new moves

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    By Allan Muir

    Is there any better way for an aspiring young player to spend a week of his summer than learning how it’s done from one of his NHL heroes?

    The curriculum is the same at most hockey schools. You work on skating, stick handling, shooting. But if you were at Pavel Datsyuk’s camp this week, you learned something you wouldn’t get at any other school: how to dance.

    Yep, that’s him all right. The best hands in the NHL proving he has the feet to match.

    Whaddya think? Next time the glass breaks at Joe Louis Arena and they have a couple of minutes to kill, they need to start pumping “YMCA”, right?

    (s/t to The Malik Report)


  • Published On Jul 26, 2013
  • Sergei Fedorov says KHL almost stole another NHL star

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    Pavel Datsyuk was targeted by CSKA Moscow, but the Red Wings star opted to stay in Detroit. [Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]

    Pavel Datsyuk was targeted by CSKA Moscow, but the Red Wings star opted to stay in Detroit. [Getty Images]

    By Allan Muir

    Maybe if CSKA Moscow general manager Sergei Fedorov had been a bit more persuasive, Ilya Kovalchuk would have had some superstar-caliber company in the KHL.

    According to a report in today’s RiaNovosti, Fedorov had a sit-down meeting with Pavel Datsyuk, hoping to convince the star forward to bolt the NHL and return home to Russia at the end of his current contract.

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  • Published On Jul 19, 2013
  • Pavel Datsyuk’s extension with Red Wings a new kick in the rubles for KHL

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    Pavel Datsuk signed a new contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings

    The KHL will have to wait until Pavel Datsyuk is 40 if it wants him as a marquee star. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Pavel Datsyuk may have been speaking from the heart when he talked about how much fun he had playing back home in Russia during the lockout. “This is my goal [to end my career in the KHL], but you never know how it goes,” he said. “I would love to finish there, give back to my friends and fans in Russia [while] I hope I’ll be in good shape.”

    But by the end of the season, he was coming from a much more pragmatic place when he voiced a wish to stay in Detroit. “Yeah, I hope we sign a new deal. I hope we agree and I sign for more [years],” he said as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers.

    And so it was no surprise when Datsyuk tweeted today that he’d come to terms on a three-year extension that will earn him $23 million and keep him with the Wings through the 2016-17 season.

    It’s a win for both sides. Datsyuk will be paid $10 million the first year, $7.5 million the second, and $5.5 million the third, with a cap hit of $7.5 million that’s more than manageable for Wings and a fair payday for a player who led the team in scoring this past season. Big smiles all around.

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  • Published On Jun 18, 2013
  • Selke Trophy finalists: Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews, Pavel Datsyuk

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    Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews, and Pavel Datsyuk are 2013 Selke Trophy nominees

    Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Toews and Pavel Datsyuk make the Selke a highly contested award. (Icon SMI (2); Getty)

    By Allan Muir

    The league announced today that Boston’s Patrice Bergeron, Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Chicago’s Jonathan Toews are the three finalists for the 2012-13 Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is awarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”

    Nary a “knock me over with a feather” nominee in that bunch. The Selke has taken a few hits over the years as being a reputation-based award, but this trio burnished their well-established reps for two-way excellence with undeniably strong seasons.

    When the vote counts are revealed, it won’t be a surprise to learn this was the year’s most hotly contested hardware. You can’t make an argument against any of these guys.

    MORE NOMINEES: Hart | Norris | Vezina | Calder | Lindsay | Masterton

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  • Published On May 15, 2013
  • Remembering the moments that defined the 2013 NHL season

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    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    Nail Yakupov channeled Theo Fleury in his tying goal against the Kings back in January. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    I always have the best intentions at the beginning of each season to make a running tab of the moments most worth remembering. And, much like my determination to get back into game shape, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Still, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a list now that we’re at season’s end. The games offered enough highlights–and lowlights–to fill a full-length schedule. Here are my favorites:

    The Yakupov Slide: With the goalie pulled and Edmonton trailing Los Angeles by one back in January, Nail Yakupov crafted the signature moment of his rookie season: batting a Taylor Hall rebound out of midair and putting it behind Kings goalie Jonathan Quick with just 4.7 seconds left on the clock. He took a lot of grief for his spontaneous Theo Fleury impression, but it was a beautiful tally at a key moment. That’s exactly the kind of goal that calls for an over-the-top celly (yep, celly). You want to follow a sport that’s had all the life sucked out of it? Watch the NFL.

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  • Published On Apr 26, 2013
  • Move of the Night: Claude Giroux or Pavel Datsyuk?

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    Pavel Datsyuk has been known to pull off a dangle or two in his time, and tonight’s move only adds to the Wings’ star’s repetoire. (Matt Kartozian/US Presswire)

    By Allan Muir

    Here are a couple of knee-buckling displays of skill from Thursday night’s action that you cannot afford to miss.

    First up, Philly’s Claude Giroux channels Pavel Datsyuk in the shootout. A point earned in the extra-time loss to the Islanders tonight won’t do the struggling Flyers much good, so Giroux probably won’t give this absolutely sick deke a second thought. But geez, you have to feel for Evgeni Nabokov, who bit so hard on that move he’d probably still be sliding left if he hadn’t run into the post.

     

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2013
  • Slow day at NHL headquarters leads to insane Pavel Datsyuk tribute

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    Remember when Vince Vaughn thought Jeremy Roenick was good? Wait’ll he gets a load of Pavel Datsyuk, NHL ’94-style.


  • Published On Mar 19, 2013
  • Top Line: Flyers rejoin playoff hunt, Iginla to Kings rumor ripped, more links

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    This year has been a trying one for the Flyers, who might be looking at a premium draft spot come season’s end. (Eric Hartline/US Presswire)

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Heading into Friday’s game with the Devils, the Flyers had an equal statistical chance to finish 29th overall as make the playoffs. That was until a rare shootout win took Seth Jones off their minds…at least temporarily.

    • No doubt the vote of confidence GM Paul Holmgren gave coach Peter Laviolette was a great source of relief and comfort for all involved.

    • Those Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings rumors don’t sit well with Eric Duhatschek.

    • NHL owners will never pass on the lucre of an 82-game season, but let’s face it: this 48-game sked is pretty boss, isn’t it? The players of the Minnesota Wild seem to agree.

    • Roberto Luongo reclaims the No. 1 job in Vancouver, making his third consecutive start tonight against the Red Wings. Coach Alain Vigneault has to go with the guy who is winning more games, and that’s Bobby Lu.

    • If the Canucks watched the Wings Friday night, they learned it takes more than a 40-minute effort to beat them. The Oilers had the drop on them early, but the more experienced Wings stuck around long enough to capitalize on an own goal and a brilliant Pavel Datsyuk bid in OT to steal two points.

    • Brent Burns has two goals in two games since being bumped from the blue line to Joe Thornton’s line. The erstwhile defender doesn’t see why a big deal is being made of the switch, but hey, versatility like that is pretty unique in the game today.

    • In the midst of a disappointing season, defending Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist is working on becoming a better puck distributor to help out his struggling blue line.

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  • Published On Mar 16, 2013


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