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Thoughts about Pavel Datsyuk’s Olympic participation (and some other stuff)

I may not be particularly active at present due to the whole concussion issue but I have been following the Wings as best as able, and all I can say about the following is this: people tend to forget that, prior to his heroic status grimmacing and skating through femur scraping on tibia and fibula along the way to the Red Wings' 2002 Stanley Cup championship, the Red Wings and their fans had to endure watching Steve Yzerman make similar pained faces while skating for Team Canada at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The NHL and NHLPA's Olympic participation is something of a devil's bargain, and whether we like it or not (and I do not like it at all), I have no doubt that Henrik Zetterberg will skate through any back issues he experiences in Sochi to captain the Swedish team, I have no doubt that Niklas Kronwall will continue to block shots, that Tomas Tatar will fearlessly skate into scrums with forwards half-a-foot taller and 40 pounds heavier than he is, and I have absolutely no doubt that Pavel Datsyuk will be skating for the Russian Olympic hockey team as its captain on home soil, regardless of how badly his left knee's messed up.*

As Paul noted, Datsyuk didn't skate with the team on Saturday, and he may not play in any of the Wings' four remaining games before the Olympics (Sunday vs. Washington, Monday vs. Vancouver, Thursday in Miami and Saturday in Tampa Bay), but given his history of hurrying home, even when injured, to play for the Russians at the World Championships, I don't think that anyone should question Datsyuk's status unless the Magic Man himself states that he's not healthy enough to play.

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Cory Emmerton On Waivers

from Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front,

The Wings have placed Cory Emmerton on waivers Saturday.

He has until noon Sunday to clear or be picked up by another team.

If he’s not picked up he’ll head back to Grand Rapids.

It’s the second time this season Emmerton has been placed on waivers.

“You know, everyone knows what’s going on here,” Emmerton said when he was placed on waivers the first time and wound up staying with the team after Patrick Eaves was placed on injured reserve. “There’s too many players, no cap space, so something’s got to give.”


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Mini Wings Update

According to those who cover the Detroit Red Wings, Datsyuk practiced today, Zetterberg did not and neither did Weiss.

Other than that, nada.

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Red Wings-Capitals quick take: Wings take the first of a home-and-home series by a narrow margin

The heart attack Wings nearly gave it away but earned the extra point in what is all but the beginning of a set of five near-must-win games on Friday night, rallying from a 1-0 deficit, going 0-for-5 on the power play, surrendering a tying goal with seven seconds left...

And taking a crapton of shootout shooters to take out a fantastic Michal Neuvirth and the Washington Capitals by a 4-3 tally, with Neuvirth stopping 42 of 45 shots in regulation and OT, but one fewer than Jimmy Howard in the shootout.

The Red Wings will practice at the Joe tomorrow--presumably--and head to Washington to tangle with the Caps on an NBCSN Superbowl pre-game-game at 12:30 PM on Sunday, and with the Wings having barely sank their hooks into one of the "wild card" spots, it will be absolutely essential for the Wings to come out of the Verizon Center with a point ahead of the final pre-Olympic home game against Vancouver on Monday (the Wings also head to Florida on Thursday the 6th and Tampa on Saturday the 8th).

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Red Wings captain and Swedish captain Henrik Zetterberg says he’s taking it one commitment at a time

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff and the rest of the Wings' press corps spoke with Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg regarding his return to the lineup, asking Zetterberg whether he was pushing himself and his sore back to return before the Olympics (especially given coach Babcock's comment to MLive's Ansar Khan about Pavel Datsyuk "skating on one leg" Thursday):

Zetterberg was blunt, as Duff noted:

Watching as the team lost both games while he was out, Zetterberg fought the urge to try and come back into the lineup before he was physically 100 per cent.

“Obviously, it’s a fine line there, but you have people that help you with that and you’ve got to listen,” Zetterberg said, insisting the impending Winter Olympic Games played no role in his desire to get back on the ice.

“Not really,” Zetterberg said. “The focus for me is here. We’ve got five games. That’s the focus and then when the Olympics come, the focus switches.”

Duff continues, and he also posted a video of Zetterberg speaking with the media:

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Zetterberg In Tonight

I will update this post if any more news is made available on the Wings today.

added 11:22am, More Khan,

Babcock said the only change up front sees Zetterberg replace Cleary. On defense, Kindl is in for Lashoff.

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It Will Be Hard To Replace Franzen On Team Sweden Roster

via Expressen (link not translated),

This announcement was submitted by coach Pär Mårts Thursday.

- I talked to him for four or five minutes ago, and they have decided that he will say no and his'll lay down now to be refreshed properly, he says to Cmore.

- It is sad. He has been looking forward to being with and charged for it and it's a darn good guy and a great hockey player as it is tragic for him. But he is also human and he will live long after this.

According Mårts is Franzen's properties that can not be replaced:

- Johan is unique. It is a tank, a tank but its like who will stop at nothing, who has good hockey sense and great hands.

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Zetterberg Had A Good Day, Datsyuk Still Skating On One Leg

Ansar Khan after practice today...

Zetterberg skated for the second day in a row, his first practice with the team since he tweaked his back last Friday against Montreal.

“Had a good day today; it’s fun to skate again,” Zetterberg said. “Hopefully I’ll feel good tomorrow after the morning skate and we’ll go from there.”

He said this back injury is a little different than the slightly herniated disc that forced him to miss 11 games in December.

“We’ve done everything we could so it doesn’t get worse and now just hopefully stay on this path and it keeps getting better,” Zetterberg said.

He said he’s not concerned that it will keep reoccurring.

Datsyuk will miss his 12th consecutive game due to an unspecified lower-body injury. He practiced again on Thursday, after which coach Mike Babcock said, “He was still one-leg skating today.”


added 1:30pm, Chuck Pleiness of Red Wings Front has more...

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The Wings Are Skating Now

Chuck Pleiness informs us via Twitter both Zetterberg and Datsyuk are on the ice.

More will be added to this post as needed.

added 11:01am, Khan tweets saying no Franzen but Weiss on the ice.

added 11:22am,. Khan,

Based on how they're skating it doesn't look like Datsyuk is ready. And it looks like Bertuzzi will be scratched again.

Lines: Nyquist-Zetterberg-Abdelkader, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Andersson-Helm-Alfredsson, Miller-Glendening-Eaves. Emmerton skating, too.

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Buyer, Seller Or Stay The Course For The Detroit Red Wings?

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland indicated on Wednesday that nothing is brewing, so it doesn’t appear as if the club will make a move anytime soon.

“The phone is ringing a little bit; I’m calling a little bit,” Holland said. “With the Olympic break coming, I don’t sense a lot of activity.

“I talked to a few managers the last few days; there’s not much going on.”

The Red Wings are on the fringe of a playoff position in the Eastern Conference, one of several teams competing for two wild-card spots. They could be anywhere from seventh to 13th in the conference depending on the day’s results. They have five games until the Olympic break and three more after the break before the trading deadline.

“We have to play our way into being a buyer,” Holland said. “There’s no use spending assets unless we play our way into a buyer position.”


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