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Pavel Datsyuk discusses his health, the Red Wings’ roster and his hockey school

Pavel Datsyuk's hockey school in the Moscow suburb of Zelenograd hasn't received that much press as of yet, save a pair of Allhockey.ru articles/photo galleries, but today, he spoke with R-Sport's correspondents, positing successive comments about his health, the Wings' roster, soccer and more. What follows is roughly-translated, but it's good to hear.

First, Rogulev asked Datsyuk about his physical health...

Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk, who plays for Detroit, says he expects to be fully recovered for the start of the NHL season. Datsyuk missed 30 of the final 40 games of the regular season due to pain in his knee. The forward, who turns 36 on July 20th, registered 3 goals and 2 assists in 5 playoff games.

"Until today, I've been going through rehabilitation, doing special exercises," Datsyuk told reporters. "I will approach the season really prepared for it. I'm not quite there yet, but I'm moving in the right direction. I can't promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready."

Then R-Sport's Simon Galkevich asked Datsyuk about the Wings' roster...

Pavel Datsyuk, forward for the NHL team Detroit Red Wings, hopes that the team will still be able to strengthen its roster during the offseason.

Detroit's failed to sign any new player since the opening of the free agent market.

"Detroit is actually very active in the market, but the team doesn't want to sign anyone by mistake," Datsyuk told reporters. "While it's valid to say that we've had a very sluggish start to the first 100 meters, I hope that we'll catch up with the rest closer to the finish, though perhaps not through the free agents on the market. Can we try to win the Stanley Cup? We have a chance, if there aren't a lot of injuries at the same time. Last season, our youthful players played reat, and that allowed us to make the playoffs, they did a great job. It would be easier to bribe someone."

Datsyuk shifted gears and discussed the fact that the KHL continues to employ foreign-born players--and the Russians use the word "legionnaires" to describe them--while speaking with Galkevich...

Pavel Datsyuk, forward for the NHL team the Detroit Red Wings, believes that Russian teams need legionnaires to increase competition.

From Tuesday to Saturday in Zelenograd, the Pavel Datsyuk School and School of Ilya Bryzgalov, in which young players are skating under the guidance of famous players, are taking place. The Russian Hockey Federation and the KHL disagree about the need for legionnaires on Russian teams.

"I believe that the legionnaires are needed," Datsyuk told reporters. "I'd like to see more competition."

"When I started with Lada Togliatti, they had Canadian goalie Vincent Riendeau. And I didn't care how many NHL games he'd played in. He had the audacity to play, and I was his student. Riendeau left for home and I began to play," said Bryzgalov.

And Datsyuk talked about the World Cup (of soccer) with R-Sport's Alexander Rogulev...

"Traditionally, we pull teams out of a hat. My daughter picked Brazil, and we thought everything would go well, but as it turned out..." Datsyuk told reporters. "The pressure on the Brazilians was great, and they picked a bad day to play Germany. And I had the Netherlands. I had some debts to pay. At the last World Cup I got lucky. As is usually the case, it was just beginner's luck."

In terms of the games involving the Russian national team, Datsyuk only watched the game against Algeria, a 1-1 draw.

"In fact, I only watched one game because I wasn't in the country. I was flying somewhere," said the hockey player. "I watched only the game with Algeria. It looked good until we scored. Then somehow nothing happened. And I still believed to the end and will continue to believe. Did I get caught up in the sweepstakes? For Russia, we all get sick, and then we immediately toss them away."

But he eventually got back to the heart of the matter, his hockey school, while speaking with Rogulev...

Pavel Datsyuk, Russian forward for Detroit and Russian national team player, said that he doesn't see young players having fun on the ice.

From Tuesday to Saturday in Zelenograd, the Pavel Datsyuk School, in which young players are engaged under the leadership of the Russian forward, is taking place.

"It's evident already that at this time of year, when the children come to us, the first couple of days you have to ask, 'Why haven't you smiled?' Everything's harsh, sad, and closed, and only [changes] on the third day," Datsyuk said at the final press conference. "Some young players have learned it from parents or from our [Russian] coaches. I think this is one of the biggest problems. They don't enjoy the game. But hockey is one of the best games in the world."

"Our hockey program has to move forward with long strides," Datsyuk added. "If we do everything together, we move a lot faster. But it's very difficult. Perhaps the example of a single region doing something, can be taken as an example? Now you say that soccer in Germany is an example for the development of the sport in other countries. It's great that the Germans have done so much in such a short time."

Sportbox.ru's Alexei Shevchenko...

Russian forward Pavel Datsyuk is conducting classes at a hockey school which is a joint project with the company Megafon, which opened in Zelenograd. The forward spoke with what he saw in Russia.

Question: You will be conducting a master class, and then what? Leaving some teaching materials for the children?

Datsyuk: "The big question is whether the local coaches will use them."

Question: Do you doubt it?

Datsyuk: "Yes. The only thing we can see is how the boys' desire to work with us in training is there, and this desire [from the players], I hope it will remain for a long time."

Question: What else do you dislike about children's hockey?

Datsyuk: "Some guys are notorious, I don't even know how that happens. All without a smile, without pleasure. Only on the third day do they open up."

Question: Do you think that there should be a limit on foreign players in the KHL?

Datsyuk: "I think not. Strong players only appear when there's competition."

And Sovetsky Sport's Sergey Bergishev:

In Zelenograd, as part of his summer camp for children, Detroit and Russian national team forward Pavel Datsyuk spoke about his future plans.

"My idols as a child were the legendary players for the USSR team. Mikhailov, Kharlamov, Fetisov, Larionov, you can't pick between them."

"My plan is to hold camps for children and continue until there organizations and those who can help them."

"What do I think of the video tutorials for the kids from my school? And whether the Russian coaches will take our methods? I doubt it."

"This summer I will have another camp, for a week, in Kurganovo, near Yekaterinburg," said Datsyuk.

Sovetsky Sport also posted a video report, but I'm not sure if you'll get much out of it:

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Bride someone Kenny. Bribe them good.

Posted by lancer on 07/17/14 at 02:47 PM ET

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“Last season, our youthful players played reat, and that allowed us to make the playoffs, they did a great job. It would be easier to bribe someone.”

OMG.  That is a funny, funny guy.  So glad he’s a Wings player.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 07/17/14 at 03:21 PM ET

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I’m not quite there yet, but I’m moving in the right direction. I can’t promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready.”

An honest although disconcerting answer.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 03:47 PM ET

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And, Anyone overly concerned, that’s apparently everyone, with Cleary hogging ice time, just actually listen to the Babcock interview.

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 04:08 PM ET

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I’m not quite there yet, but I’m moving in the right direction. I can’t promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready.”

And yet people wonder why free agents were chomping at the bit to come here.

At least Babs thinks Z is back to health.

Posted by MurrayChadwick on 07/17/14 at 04:38 PM ET

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And, Anyone overly concerned, that’s apparently everyone, with Cleary hogging ice time, just actually listen to the Babcock interview.

Posted by RWBill from the open bar on The Hasek. on 07/17/14 at 05:08 PM ET

I want to believe, but the beginning of last season spoke to the contrary.  I’m taking the wait and see approach.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/17/14 at 04:48 PM ET

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I want to believe, but the beginning of last season spoke to the contrary.  I’m taking the wait and see approach.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/17/14 at 05:48 PM ET

There’s ample reason to be skeptical, but remember at the beginning of last season Cleary had been one of the most effective forwards during the playoffs vs Anaheim and Chicago.

Babcock does go on to say ” (Cleary) didn’t contribute anything last year, and if he’s still on one knee he won’t be playing.”

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 07/17/14 at 05:10 PM ET

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Thought Pav would be 100% by now. Troubling.

Posted by ianfdunham on 07/17/14 at 05:47 PM ET

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better pay him 2.5 million to not be playing.

Posted by brians neck on 07/17/14 at 07:47 PM ET

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There’s ample reason to be skeptical, but remember at the beginning of last season Cleary had been one of the most effective forwards during the playoffs vs Anaheim and Chicago.

Babcock does go on to say ” (Cleary) didn’t contribute anything last year, and if he’s still on one knee he won’t be playing.”


My thoughts exactly on Cleary. If he doesn’t earn a roster spot it’s on to Grand Rapids (with full pay). He can be called up in case of injuries. It’s a long season, so who knows. Meanwhile the Red Wings need a 100% Datsyuk this fall.

Posted by bigfrog on 07/17/14 at 07:47 PM ET

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I’m not quite there yet, but I’m moving in the right direction. I can’t promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready.”

Can somebody figure out what’s wrong with Dats’ knee?

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 08:54 PM ET

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Babcock does go on to say ” (Cleary) didn’t contribute anything last year, and if he’s still on one knee he won’t be playing.”

Did not stop Babcock from playing Cleary 52 games last season.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 08:56 PM ET

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I’m not quite there yet, but I’m moving in the right direction. I can’t promise, but I hope to come to the season 100% ready.”

Can somebody figure out what’s wrong with Dats’ knee?

Posted by VPalmer on 07/17/14 at 09:54 PM ET

I didn’t see anything noteworthy about Datsyuk’s comment.

This is the way he talks, he’s always talked this way. He always downplays his health, his abilities, his looks. It’s part of his personality.

And… LITERALLY… it’s true. He’s not 100%. It’s the summer. His plan is to be ready at the start of camp.

(As far as what’s wrong with his knee - he’s played a lot of hockey and taken a lot of damage over the years. Datsyuk is always ready when the bell rings. He will be ready for camp… count on it.)

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/18/14 at 10:51 AM ET

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