jammer2 Posted February 13, 2014 Share Posted February 13, 2014 The Russian sniper and team Captain Pavel Datsuyk has declared himself ready to go. He practiced yesterday centering a line of Ilya Kovalchuck and Alexander Radulov. Despite Red Wings coach Mike Babcock saying Datsuyk is not 100%, Pavel shrugged off coach Babcock saying "I'm fine, my injury does not bother me at all, Babcock is not my concern right now". Wings GM Ken Holland admits he can't stop his star from realizing a life long dream of playing for his country in the Olympics. Just wondering out loud, but if Datsuyk makes the injury worse, can the Wings penalize him.....perhaps even stop him from collecting his paycheque if the injury is serious. I doubt the Wings would want to have any lingering problems with Pavel, but *if* he is playing hurt, and it carries over in the NHL, this could get ugly. Finnish star Temmu Selanne is 43, which is more than double the combined ages of his current linemates, Alexander Barkov (18 years old) and Mikael Grandlund (21 years of age). I'm betting he more than keeps up with the kids. Fellow Finnish countrymen Ollie Jokinen has declared this to be his last Olympics. Mats Sundin *must* be wondering if he could have held on and somehow helped his Swedish countrymen achieve gold. Betcha Mats would make an awesome 4th line center, even this many years after his retirement. The dynamic duo on the Swedish defense is comprised of Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Eric Karlsson figures to play a huge part of the Swedish push for Gold. The Swedish team, famous for playing 5 man units will be counting on the two stud d-men to rush up into the play and create mismatches. If these two play like they can, Sweden will be deadly. Norway offers only 1 current NHL'er, Mats Zuccarello of the NY Rangers. The only other player with NHL experience is the one balled wonder, Patrick Theorson. Slovenia's only NHL player is Anze Kopitar of the Kings...think he will be seeing any top checkers in this tourny? Anze's father Matjez Kopitar is Slovenia's coach. Austria features 3 NHL players, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner of the Isles and our very own Michael Raffl of the Flyers. This is their 3rd appearance at the Olympic games. Latvia is being coached by Sabres coach Ted Nolan, guess you don't have to be born in the country to coach there, huh? Puzzling choice, anyone else know the inside scoop on why Nolan is coaching this team, I can't for the life of me figure it out? Latvia has 42 year old Sandish Ozolinish on the blue line. They also have former Senator and Bruin Kaspers Daugavins. The only current NHLer is Blockers former billet Zemgus Girgensons. Latvia only has 2 players where their last name do not end in S. Canadian coach Shaun Simpson will coach Switzerland. Of all the smaller non elite team's the Swiss ice the most NHL'ers. Jonas Hiller of the Ducks and the Flames Reto Berra in net. Rafael Diaz of the Habs, Roman Josi of the Predators, Mark Striet of our very own Philadelphia Flyers, and Yanik Weber of the Canucks and last but not least, former Flyer and current Duck Luca Sibsa....that is 5 very respectable NHL d-men. They also have 2 young star forwards in Damien Bruner of the Devils and Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter....this team is no push over, and could really surprise, even an outside chance at a Bronze Medal. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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