Pavel Datsyuk will play one more game in Russia before returning back to Detroit, by attending the KHL All-Star game in Chelyabinsk. It was reported that Datsyuk recieved permission from the Red Wings organization to play in the All-Star game, but since the new CBA has not been ratified by the NHLPA the Red Wings could not stop him if they wanted to.
The Detroit Free Press reported
“Pavel loves Red Wings organization. He make his name in Detroit,” Greenstin said today. “He belongs to them, and Detroit belong to him.
“He has permission to play in All-Star Game. He had reservation to fly the 11th; now I believe he will fly the 14th.”
Training Camp is expected to start on January 14th; so he will miss one practice, but I am not worried. He has been playing in the KHL for the duration of the lockout and is already in mid-season form.
Babcock stated that Datsyuk will once again be paired up with euro-twin Henrik Zetterberg and more than likely Damien Brunner, whom Zetterberg played with in Switzerland. The decision to put Datsyuk and Zetterberg back together is because of the shortened schedule. In a shortened season there is no time to develop the chemistry needed to preform at a high level, but they have always possessed immense chemistry together making the move a safe bet for the Red Wings. Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula will be the cornerstones of the second line with either Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Dan Cleary, or Gustav Nyquist as their linemate.
Datsyuk tends to shy away from the media and interviews, but he has joined twitter so give him a follow @Datsyuk13