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by Paul on 02/26/14 at 02:50 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
A source said they also have interest in defenseman Andrew MacDonald of the New York Islanders, who leads the NHL in blocked shots. He is certain to be dealt as a rental; he’s in the last year of a deal earning just $550,000.
“We’re set in goal,” Holland said. “With the development of (Tomas) Jurco, (Gustav) Nyquist, (Tomas) Tatar, (Riley) Sheahan, -- if you have a healthy (Johan) Franzen, (Pavel) Datsyuk, we expect to get (Stephen) Weiss back next week – we feel up front (they’re set).
“Tonight (at Montreal) we’re going to sit out veteran players who could play in the NHL. I don’t know that I can make a deal that there’s many players out there that are better than those forwards.”
added 1:58pm, via Anthony French of the Detroit Free Press,
“He’s good to go,” general manager Ken Holland said this morning.
Datsyuk, 35, has been battling a left knee issue that kept him out of action with the Wings for more than a month before the Olympics but didn’t keep him from starring for the home team in Sochi. He tallied six points — including three goals — in five games.
“He was very good,” Holland said. “I thought he was very good. I think the issue he’s got is something he’s just going to have to play through.”
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