Pavel Datsyuk, who hasn’t played a game since the Winter Classic, will captain Team Russia at home in the Winter Olympics.
And there probably isn’t a thing the Detroit Red Wings can do to prevent him from going to Sochi.
“I don’t believe I have the authority or the power to prevent someone from going to the Olympics,” said Ken Holland, the Red Wings general manager. “That’s the player’s call. When it comes to Pavel Datsyuk, I certainly understand the special opportunity he has, representing his country in his homeland, to be captain, to maybe win a gold medal in your home country, that will be with you for the rest of your life.”
But Datsyuk can’t play now, hasn’t played since Jan. 1, out with an undisclosed lower body injury, while the Red Wings are struggling and the playoffs, for the first time in 22 years, are no sure thing.