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Fedorov: We're gonna die without Datsyuk

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08:29 AM ET 10.31 | Pavel Datsyuk may miss Detroit and the creature comforts of the NHL, but playing in Russia for Sergei Fedorov offers something North America can't. He can play in front of his own people, who usually have to watch him on TV at odd hours. He can connect with kids. "I like to play home, for Russian fans," Datsyuk said. "They miss us, too, because we play during the nighttime [in NHL]. Not everybody can watch and work. And I speak Russian language. It's easy for me." ... "What I see off-ice, that's the Red Wings school, no doubt," Fedorov said. "Pavel's exceptional. Everybody saying, 'What you gonna do without Pavel?' My answer: 'We're gonna just die here without him.' We're gonna fight, fight, fight. But we're gonna die here without him."

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October 31, 2012  08:38 AM ET

Don't worry Sergei, he's not heading back to North America anytime soon...

October 31, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Don't worry Sergei, he's not heading back to North America anytime soon...

Ed Zachary. Light 'em up Pavel.

October 31, 2012  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ed Zachary. Light 'em up Pavel.

Think i will....

October 31, 2012  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Think i will....

Most people are having a bowl of cereal but enjoy...

October 31, 2012  09:21 AM ET

"Fedorov: We're gonna die without Datsyuk"

Well, Sergei, we're dead in Detroit even with him in the line up. I hope you feel our pain. :-(

October 31, 2012  09:50 AM ET

Simply the best.

October 31, 2012  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Simply the best.

Thank you Tina.

October 31, 2012  10:03 AM ET

So as I understand this article, Pavel is not spewing the non-sense of the O.V. school of unrealistic logic by saying he will stay in Russia after the NHL resumes at some point.

October 31, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Simply the best.

Yep. Despite Roamer's concerns, Detroit always has a chance with him in the lineup.

October 31, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

So as I understand this article, Pavel is not spewing the non-sense of the O.V. school of unrealistic logic by saying he will stay in Russia after the NHL resumes at some point.

Of course he's not.

He isn't an idiot.

October 31, 2012  10:26 AM ET

It always hurts when you rip off a "scab" Sergei

October 31, 2012  10:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It always hurts when you rip off a "scab" Sergei

Nice....

October 31, 2012  11:37 AM ET

Something seems lost in translation here.

October 31, 2012  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Ed Zachary. Light 'em up Pavel.

Now if they want to broadcast his games back here he would be worth watching.

October 31, 2012  12:02 PM ET

Fedorov: We're gonna die without Datsyuk. Why, is he the plane mechanic?

October 31, 2012  12:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Fedorov: We're gonna die without Datsyuk. Why, is he the plane mechanic?

Maybe the pilot...

October 31, 2012  01:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Maybe the pilot...

OK but if he flys like he skates, better double up on the upchuck bags.

October 31, 2012  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Something seems lost in translation here.

And most likely the KHL will not be pleased with it either...any suggestion of any team or the league dying is automatically met with an immediate stoppage of Vodka and Caviar at the KHL Christmas party.
Along with some serious back room bashing.

October 31, 2012  01:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Of course he's not.He isn't an idiot.

So you agree that he clearly understands the fact that you just don't up and quit the NHL and think you are going to skate where you please like some other puck hogs previously believe and "threatened" to do.

 
October 31, 2012  03:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

So you agree that he clearly understands the fact that you just don't up and quit the NHL and think you are going to skate where you please like some other puck hogs previously believe and "threatened" to do.

I think Pavel is the kind of guy who just wants to play hockey. I'd call him old school but it's not quite right.

And he knows which the best league is.

But for now he's just killing time.

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