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by George Malik on 01/16/14 at 07:13 PM ET
I think this is kind of obvious given that the Red Wings recalled Cory Emmerton (to sub for Joakim Andersson) and that the player in question probably won't return this weekend but it's sure going to garner headlines, per TSN and RedWingsFeed:
The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Pavel Datsyuk on injured reserve prior to Thursday's game against the New York Rangers.
Datsyuk will miss a fifth straight game on Thursday for what the team termed a lower-body injury. The three-time Selke Trophy recipient also sat out seven consecutive contests earlier this season after sustaining a concussion on Nov. 23.
Recently named captain of Russia's men's ice hockey team at the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, Datsyuk leads Detroit with 15 goals this season and ranks second on the team with 32 points.
The Red Wings recalled center Cory Emmerton from Grand Rapids of the AHL in a corresponding move.
Update: The move, she is no big deal:
Whatever's ailing Datsyuk (my guess is a slight knee sprain or a sore hip flexor) is taking its sweet-ass time to heal, so this shouldn't stun anybody and it's no reason to panic. The Wings just had to make a paper move to accommodate Emmerton, and this move was it. Datsyuk's still on the road to recovery.
For the record, I thought there was no way in hell that Datsyuk would be named Russia's captain--given Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak and KHL commissioner Alexander Medvedev's statements, it seemed all but a given that Ilya Kovalchuk would both wear the "K" and carry the Russian flag at the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremonies.
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