Jan 1, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) carries the puck around Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) in the second period during the 2014 Winter Classic hockey game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red WIngs GM won't tell Pavel Datsyuk he can't compete in Sochi

Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk has remained out of the lineup for the Wings for 13 straight games and after attempting to go through practice his return does not appear to be imminent suggesting he may not be able to suit up for Team Russia in the Sochi Olympics where he is the team’s captain.

Datsyuk has not played since New Year’s Day as the Red Wings have been decimated by injuries all season long and are in a fight for the postseason, but Wings general manager Ken Holland tells the Toronto Sun that he isn’t going to tell one of the most important players in that fight that he can’t play for his home country in his homeland.

“I don’t believe I have the authority or the power to prevent someone from going to the Olympics,” said Holland. “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.”

Wings fans may not be as understanding as Holland, one of the best GM’s in the NHL, and may hope Datsyuk doesn’t risk further injury by playing in the Olympics, but as Holland said it’s a ‘special opportunity’ Datsyuk has in front of him.

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