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by Paul on 09/05/13 at 12:30 PM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
"I go back to home, stay with friends, see family lots, but now come back to live here," Datsyuk said. "Always, summer too short. But now, forget about summer. Lots of work beginning."
It's the first time Datsyuk has been in Detroit since signing a three-year extension in late June; with a year left on his current deal, the new contract kicks in starting in 2014-15.
"I'm happy here, I enjoy this time," Datsyuk said of his decision to stay in Detroit. "Every year, better and better. I choose to sign here."
Datsyuk expressed delight about newcomers Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss, the latter of whom should facilitate that, for a change, Datsyuk will start the season on a line with Zetterberg. The two love playing together, and the Wings love being able to play them together, but past stints rarely have lasted long because the Wings needed one of them to center the second line.
"We'll see how long we last this year," Zetterberg said, smiling, "but we're excited that we'll get a chance to start again. But it's a little bit up to us, too. We have to play good."
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