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by George Malik on 05/08/13 at 07:42 PM ET
The "Pavel Datsyuk situation" is a frustrating one for Red Wings fans--or at least this Red Wings fan--and the Free Press's Helene St. James reports that Datsuk addressed his status after today's morning skate:
Datsyuk has one year left on his contract. He said he isn’t thinking about what he will do when that expires, because “I have another year I can stay for sure. I like Detroit. I like it, it’s nice. Like playoffs. It’s different level, energy. Fans in jerseys, painted faces. It’s more fun. You feel bumps.”
A couple friends who were at Games 3 and 4 in Detroit were so impressed, Datsyuk said, “they say they never see anything like it. They love it. They addicted.”
Datsyuk paused. “Now I can be seller,” he said, smiling.
Datsyuk will turn 36 in the summer of 2014. He’s got a skill set that transcends what’s considered middle-aged in the NHL. If he does leave, it will be mostly because he misses Elizabeth, who has been back in Russia since Datsyuk and his wife divorced a few years ago. A few days into training camp in January, Datsyuk also spoke glowingly of how much fun he had playing in the KHL during the lockout last fall.
“It’s home,” Datsyuk said. “Lots of friends, is fun, but level is not compared to here. Everybody plays best here.”
In speaking of his daughter, Datsyuk again showed his sense of humor. “Don’t make me sensitive,” he said, smiling.
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