Archive for August, 2008

Not at all disconcerting, right?

“I’ve already said and I repeat — until it is a top league, even though it is progressing, I will play overseas.”

That’s Pavel Datsyuk speaking to a Russian news outlet (so overseas=North America) on the possibility of him “pulling an Alexander Radulov” and bolting to the Kontinental Hockey League while still under contract in the NHL.

At first glance, that quote is reassuring. However, the “until” part seems to leave things somewhat ope-ended, as Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy, Greg Wyshynski noted today. Of course, the chances of the KHL ever being something more than merely a destination attractive only to mid-level and aging stars are slim, as Greg points out. Top-tier stars like Pavel Datsyuk are far less likely to take off.

Still, possessive Red Wings fan that I am, it’s mildly disturbing that Pavel would suggest he’d entertain the idea. Perhaps something was lost in the translation.

(via Snapshots)

Downey to return

Update (20. Aug 08, 11:40 PM): It’s now official. – Matt

Great news: the Wings have agreed to terms with team morale-booster Aaron Downey, who will sign formally a two-way contract soon. He’ll get $750,000 when he’s in Detroit and $100,000 when in Grand Rapids. Darren McCarty has been offered the same contract.

Downey’s one of my favorites and I’m convinced his constantly positive attitude was a major reason behind the Wings’ run last year. He should quickly become a fan favorite in GR, where he’s likely to end up.

Sorry for the lack of posting this summer. I’ve been busy with work and life in general. I hope to return to regular posting soon.