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The Piano-Puller always appreciated the maestro tickling the ivories...

He wasn't alone...

And while Sportsnet paid tribute to Datsyuk at his best...

As did TSN's BarDown blog...

Sportsnet also posted a clip from Datsyuk's presser today...

As well as the longest clip of Ken Holland's coments that I've found...

The Detroit News's Bob Wojnowski offers an "evening line" via a thoughtful column...

In his remarks, Datsyuk praised the Ilitches, his teammates, his coaches and the fans, and called Detroit his second home. We can debate where Datsyuk ranks among Red Wing greats, and there will be some support to retire his jersey No. 13. But that’s far from a pressing issue right now.

It shifts back to Holland, and one move isn’t going to turn the Wings into Cup contenders. Holland said he won’t trade Datsyuk’s contract if it costs any of his top prospects, including Anthony Mantha. Would a team take it for a second- or third-round pick, plus Tomas Jurco or Teemu Pulkkinen? Holland said he could already tell from conversations the asking price will be high.

Despite all the mutual praise, this felt like the least-satisfying retirement day ever. Datsyuk deserves accolades for all he’s done, and he’ll certainly get them. It’s just too bad it ended like this, with both sides wondering if it was too soon, or too late.

For what it's worth, Fox 2 and WXYZ posted the full presser if you're interested...


Edit/update: And the Red Wings posted the ENTIRETY of Ken Holland's presser, all 42-and-a-half minutes of it:

And after all of that...

All I can think of saying right now is that I hope Pavel knows how much Red Wings fans from all over the world love him, and how much we're going to miss him playing in a Red Wings jersey.

I haven't seen two people as broken-hearted as Pavel Datsyuk and Ken Holland appeared today...

And if it wasn't for Gordie Howe's passing, I'd be all torn up about this, but I'm just so damn numb that I'm sad, sad for the way things are.

The Magic Man is going home, and the Red Wings will be a little bit less special without him. I hope that someday, someone wearing red and white can make us smile like Pavel has made us smile, make us giggle and laugh at the way that Pavel did when he left goalies agog and teammates in a shocked state of joyful amazement.

We only get a player like Datsyuk once a generation, and the truth about all athletes is this:

They're on loan to us, on loan while their job requires them to share their daily life with multiple members of the media, sharing their smiles, their struggles and frustrations and pain, and when they're gone...

They're dads, husbands, and in some cases, hockey players, but they're no longer "ours" on a daily basis. We can love them, but we will only hear from them occasionally, and...

Perhaps the hardest part of this is that we know Pavel will continue making highlights without us, and that is the part that truly feels like betrayal, if any of this does. He was our Magic Man, and now we'll be watching him on YouTube, probably playing for SKA St. Petersburg. That may hurt most of all.

Mostly, and this may be more telling than anything else, I'm going to miss Pavel the person even more than Pavel the player, because he was the smartest person I've ever interviewed, speaking as a late-learning second-language learner.

I'm disappointed and sad, but thank you, Pavel.

With that, I'm calling it a night, folks. I got up at 5 AM and paid witness to a truly sad moment upon a heap of 'em over the past ten days. I gave you my best today, and like a hockey player, the tank's empty.

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SYF's avatar

Couldn’t Holland go over the cap temporarily before a certain time in the off-season while working towards reducing the overage?

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/19/16 at 01:36 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Holland can exceed the cap by 10%, as can any GM, between 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Final (the buyout window) and “the last day of training camp,” a.k.a. the day NHL rosters are due.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/19/16 at 01:47 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, there’s a pathway to consider.  So will that also mean the off-season trade deadline is the same day as, “...the last day of training camp,” or is there another date before that?

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/19/16 at 01:51 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Once you can make trades (I believe it’s 48 hours after you’re eliminated from the playoffs, among non-playoff teams, but that’s me talking at 1:54 in the morning without my CBA nearby), the only real roster deadline at which you can’t make trades is the Christmas break.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/19/16 at 01:54 AM ET

SYF's avatar

And we still don’t know if the PA is going to approve the 5% cap raise, yet.

Thanks, G.  Get some sleep.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 06/19/16 at 02:00 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s still around $7 million in extra space if they don’t.

Now off to find the CBA! Goodnight!

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 06/19/16 at 02:01 AM ET


Holland is sad because now he’s in the spotlight and he’s going to be exposed for being incompetent, simple as that.

Posted by bababooey on 06/19/16 at 09:24 AM ET

Bugsy's avatar

Back in April, ESPN Insider (paywall), the column of stats saying he was the best two way player in the NHL/in his prime the best player overall.

Posted by Bugsy on 06/19/16 at 11:10 AM ET

Figaro's avatar

Maybe Holland is spewing out all this “It’s going to be hard to move Pavel’s contract.”  and “It’s going to be really expensive, like 8 guys and 2 picks to move the contract” stuff so that when he does move Pavel’s contract, it’ll be for the originally expected asking price, such as: Pavel’s Contract with just a mid-round pick, or just Jensen, or just Pulky.  This way, he’ll be able to say “Look at me! I’m the greatest GM ever! Not only since I moved this cap burden, but because I ‘talked them down’ to this deal! They were asking for Larkin, but I said NO! NO!!!!  I’m the BEST!  Now, where is my 4-year extension and 15’ statue?”

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 06/19/16 at 11:16 AM ET

d ca's avatar

For a guy that doesn’t want to deal prospects, KH sure loses a lot of them to waivers/trades for nothing…

and that doesn’t even count the guys that actually cleared waivers (Kindl, Dan Cleary, Anderssen, Tootoo, Lashoff, Conklin )

Guys lost to waivers:
Landon Ferraro (2009 2nd round 32nd overall)
Andrej Nestrasil (2009 3rd round 75th overall)
Joey MacDonald
Mattias Ritola (2005 4th round 103 overall 2 picks ahead of Keith Yandle

Guys/picks traded for practically nothing:
2012 1st round 19th overall (Andrei Vasilevskiy traded for Kyle Quincey)
Mattias Janmark (2013 3rd round 79th overall traded for Erik Cole)
Mattias B├Ąckman (2011 5th round 145 overall traded for Cole)
Calle Jarnkrok (2010 2nd round 51st overall traded for David Legwand)
Patrick Eaves (traded for Legwand)
2014 3rd Round Pick 46th overall (Julius Bergman for Legwand)

Guys soon to be lost to waivers:
Martin Frk (2012 2nd round 49th overall)
Ryan Sproul (2011 2nd round 55th overall)
Nick Jensen (2009 5th round 150th overall)

So lets sum this up:
2014 3rd round,
2013 3rd round,
2012 1st round,
2012 2nd round soon to be lost,
2011 2nd round soon to be lost,
2011 5th round,
2010 2nd round,
2009 2nd round,
2009 3rd round,
2009 5th round

But now the Wings don’t want to give up top prospects? Are 1st and 2nd rounders not considered top prospects?  What exactly do we have to show for 2012’s, 2011’s, 2010’s, 2009’s?

Posted by d ca on 06/19/16 at 11:26 AM ET

Shanny_Fan's avatar

As much as all the Holland/Cap space/Roster talk stuff is super frustrating, I’m mostly just sad that we don’t get to watch Pav work his magic on a daily basis anymore.

I hope that someday, someone wearing red and white can make us smile like Pavel has made us smile, make us giggle and laugh at the way that Pavel did when he left goalies agog and teammates in a shocked state of joyful amazement.

George this is exactly what I have been feeling for the last few months, Pav was good for a solid giggle and normally a “how’d he even think to do that” in almost every game he played whether it made the highlight reel or not. I’ll probably always watch 80 or 90 wings games a year, but without Pav I know I’ll giggle a bit less.

Posted by Shanny_Fan on 06/19/16 at 02:58 PM ET


at least we wont have to hear this piano puller bit anymore

Posted by brians neck on 06/19/16 at 04:37 PM ET

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