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Pavel Still Has It

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Detroit is dying a little without Datsyuk right now, and Datsyuk is dying a little without Detroit. Asked if he missed Detroit, he did not hesitate.

"Yes," he said. "A lot."

What about it?

"Hockey," Datsyuk said. "Fans. Locker room. People. It's tough a little bit. After over 10 years, you kind of change atmosphere, it's a little bit different."

Datsyuk has played for the Red Wings and lived in the Detroit area since 2001 – except, of course, for the '04-05 NHL lockout, which he spent with Dynamo Moscow. He has won a lot of games. He has made a lot of friends. He has made Detroit his adopted home.

He said he is not following lockout news.

"Remember, Russia is closed country," he cracked. "Nobody knows what's going on."

No Internet?

"No," he continued. "Too expensive in Russia."

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rrasco's avatar

I miss Pasha interviews :/

Posted by rrasco from TEXAS on 10/30/12 at 08:40 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Great article. 
I am happy for Datsyuk that he is having fun playing for the Moscow team. 
I bet the fans are going crazy watching him.

And Federov benefits, with his Detroit history!  Hahaha

Putin is a big hockey fan, and I bet he is watching Datsyuk’s every move. 
Putin (the KGB stalwart) will probably make him an offer he can’t refuse to stay in Russia….Nothing like a horse’s head in your bed to make you see the light…..

Posted by w2j2 on 10/31/12 at 07:09 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him stay there.  He’s an honorable guy so he’ll probably play the last year of his contract, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t re-sign with Detroit after his deal is done.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 10/31/12 at 10:09 AM ET

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