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Datsyuk’s Agent With A Brief Update To The Russian Media

via Sport Express with rough translation,

Forward "Detroit" Pavel Datsyuk quietly recovering from injury and will do anything to play for the Russian national team at the Olympics in Sochi, said the player's agent Gary Grinstin. Captain of the Russian Olympic team, we recall, was injured in the Jan. 1 game, "Toronto" and since then has not appeared on the ice.

Pavel Datsyuk knows what to do - leads "F-Sport" Grinstina words. - He's already trained, he quietly restored and will do anything to play for the Russian national team at the Olympics. I can not say whether Datsyuk play before the break, but I will note that the club is no press, no pressure guide. And the decision on this issue will make himself Datsyuk.

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MsRedWinger's avatar

I know people want to think Pav feels pressure to play for his home country, but I think he wants to do it, for love of his country.  He considered retiring after last season - remember?  And he has said more than once that he would like to finish out his career playing there.  I get the argument about hockey players owing the NHL teams that pay them millions, but if he chooses to play in Sochi, I don’t think he deserves any criticism.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 02/03/14 at 08:18 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

It’s both. He loves his country very much, but he also has no choice because of the immense pressure on the Russian players to play and deliver. I wish he wasn’t named captain, but that came as a surprise to everyone who thought that Ovechkin or Kovalchuk would wear the “K.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 02/03/14 at 08:21 PM ET

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