Found August 23, 2013 on Hockey Fan Land:
Detroit Red Wings Center Pavel Datsyuk is one of the great players of his generation.  His career goal line should show that to be the case:  255-512-767 in NHL play.  As a St. Louis Blues fan I can attest to the continued pain and suffering he has inflicted on my team.  He has done it really politely, but the score is often in the favor of the winged wheel when playing the Blues, because of Datsyuk.  Given his repeated Lady Byng Trophy victories, he is rather the last person you would expect to incite a controversy.  Nevertheless he has, although arguably it had less to do with him and more to do with the fact he dared to express his freely considered opinion without bowing to American conventional wisdom.  Datsyuk was asked his opinion of laws in Russia that, while they do not outlaw homosexuality, make it a crime to promote that lifestyle publicly.  His simple answer was, "I'm orthodox and that says it all."   In other words he is in line with what the Russian Ortho...

Datsyuk is not perfect. Datsyuk is not a monster.

Pavel Datsyuk could have worded his answer to a question loaded with all but a literal bullet given that he was in a room full of a dozen Russian journalists and a couple dozen fans this morning much, much better than he did. But there are about eight billion ways that he could have said something much worse than leaning upon his status as a Russian Orthodox believer when asked about...

Pavel Datsyuk gives unpopular response on Russia’s anti-gay law

Pavel Datsyuk, the Russian star player for the Detroit Red Wings, was asked his opinion regarding the anti-gay stance of Russia’s current leader, Vladimir Putin, and the anti-gay laws that have taken center stage in the country, as we move closer to the Sochi Olympics next Winter. Datsyuk’s teammate, Henrik Zetterberg, was very critical of the narrow-minded, and extremly cruel...

So then there’s the ripping Datsyuk phenomenon.

This really upsets me. As noted early this morning, Pavel Datsyuk was asked about Russia's anti-homosexuality laws--and the comments of Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva--in front of a packed crowd in Moscow, while accepting the Kharlamov Trophy from Sovetsky Sport, and he replied, "I'm [Eastern] Orthodox; I think that says it all" (and the Eastern Orthodox...

Red Wings afternoon news: non-controversial Datsyuk, Babcockian praise, Nyquist and jersey chatter

Amongst this afternoon's crop of Red Wings-related news: In the non-incredibly controversial vein, Pavel Datsyuk did pick up the Kharlamov Trophy from Sovetsky Sport's Moscow offices--after about an hour's worth of questions from fans and another hour's worth of media interviews--and R-Sport offered a solid translation of Datsyuk's quip about not expecting to...

Former Red Wing Darren McCarty promotes Joe Kocur’s charity softball game on Detroit Sports 105.1 FM

Former Red Wings forward Darren McCarty spoke with Detroit Sports 105.1 FM's Drew Lane and Marc Fellhauer this afternoon, discussing his post-hockey life, his teeth, his upcoming book he's working on with USA Today's Kevin Allen (which will be coming out around Thanksgiving), the possibility of Grinder reuniting before McCarty takes part in the Winter Classic Alumni game...

Hate, hate and more hate

That was the hockey world yesterday.  Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk was in his home country of Russia where the highly controversial anti-gay law has been making headlines at least once a day when he was asked about his take on it. Now from what I have read online no one that is bashing or standing up for Datsyuk was actually there in Russia.  I think many, especially...

Lawsuit against company allegedly selling unauthorized Datsyuk merch going to trial in September

I don't know if you remember this, but waaaaaayyy back in February, Pavel Datsyuk's attorneys managed to stop a company called "Pasha LLC" from selling Datsyuk-branded merchandise without Datsyuk's consent. The injunction remains in place, but (via RedWingsFeed), WDIV's David Bartkowiak Jr. reports that the suit will go to trial this September: The...

Red Wings overnight report: on ‘the marketplace,’ the new rink, Alfie selling his house and doubt

Those of you who feel that this Red Wings-hockey-less summer has been unberably long must surely know that your long wait is nearly at an end. After the Joe Kocur Foundation's slate of softball games today, after the Red Wings' players, coaches and management take part in Olympic orientation camps (Pavel Datsyuk, who's in Sochi today, will probably linger in Russia...

Red Wings mid-day news: fan participation-related Tweets, a Chelios rental and speculative stuff

I have a more than slightly disjointed slate of Red Wings-related news for you this afternoon, so let's start with fan-participatory news (and again, Wings single-game tickets go on sale tomorrow, and the Wings will lower the 1997 Stanley Cup banner at the Joe for fan photo opportunities): We are giving away Wings prizes all day long on the air and on Twitter. Tweet...

Red Wings overnight report: the one I really didn’t want to write

I didn't have a good evening or night. When you're starting out and trying to establish yourself as a writer, you work very hard to earn the respect of your readers. When you've "arrived," even if you're a mid-market, mid-level "kind of sort of somebody" like me, you worry much more about your readers respecting each other, and that didn't...

Red Wings overnight report: reviewing a busy Wednesday, a Kronwall interview and asking a favor

Thursday was busy as hell. I don't usually start these overnight reports with summations, but this is one of those rare occurrences where I think "bringing you up to speed" may be useful. The Red Wings released their local TV and radio broadcast schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and 71 games will air on Fox Sports Detroit or FSD Plus; The Wings also released...

Man…You Guys Are NUTSO and I Frigging DIG It.

He's a hockey player.  Admittedly, the best player in the world, but still a hockey player. I'm not talking about Todd Bertuzzi, but he's a serial killer and I'd still let him father my children.   Pavel Datsyuk? Continue reading "Man…You Guys Are NUTSO and I Frigging DIG It."
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