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Fedorov: ‘We had the chance’ to bring Datsyuk to KHL

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/fedorov-we-had-the-chance-to-bring-datsyuk-to-khl/?ocid=Yahoo&partner=ya5nbcs

“Unfortunately for us, Pavel extended his contract with Detroit,” Fedorov told Russian news outlet R-Sport. “I had a meeting with him a few days before the signing.

“We had the chance to get Pavel in a year’s time, but as a person who knows what the NHL is all about, I understand perfectly well why he did what he did.”

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Feds told him to come over later when his NHL days are done.

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I don't believe for one second that it was a serious consideration for Pavel. The "meeting" was probably nothing more than a conversation like...

Sergei: Hey Pavel, I would really be interested in having you play for CSKA Moscow next season.

Pavel: No thanks

/meeting

Nothing more than PR spin from Sergei

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“[Datsyuk] said: ‘I want to grow as a player and I think that for me the best option is to stay in the NHL,’” Fedorov explained.

Damn right! The best and most talent-rich league in the WORLD. Why would anyone not named Kovalchuk want to play in a lesser league? If you're already filthy rich it should be a no-brainer to want to play against the best of the best. Sorry KHL, there are Russians that recognize your league as inferior, because it IS.

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Gee, Sergei, thanks for trying to poach Datsyuk away from your old team.

Feds is just doing his job. Is he suppose to say "nah we don't want one of the best players in the world." He then went on to say he completely understands Pavel's decision. So even Fedorov knows which league is the best. He's just trying to make his team as good as he can. No biggie at all

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Pavel wants to travel in a modern aircraft that has a 99.99999% chance of not crashing.

Sorry but this is not funny. I know what you are trying to say but what happened is still horrible and one can only pray, that the KHL has improved in that regard.

Pasha just being Pasha once again, to be honest I wouldn't have hold it against him if he decided to stay in the KHL but I am obviously happy that he decided to return and signed an extension.

Also I think some people are really underestimating the playing at home factors in front of the 3-fs, especially if you are already extremely rich. Imagine yourself in a situation thousands of miles away from him, already having tons of cash and almost a guaranteed workstoppage every 4 - 5 years reducing your rights/salary - wouldn't it be extremely tempting to just go home and enjoy playing in front of the former mentioned 3-fs?

Winning the Stanley Cup may be the ultimate goal for almost every NA born player but I think a lot of europeans are just happy with playing some years in the NHL and see where it goes. From a purely competitive standpoint though I agree, the NHL is by far the best league.

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Of course the NHL is the best league, but I can see the appeal for guys like Kovalchuk. Play at home with your friends and family close, close to or equal money, less games, less media pressure. It wouldn't surprise me if more players left.

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He might have gotten a little bit of feedback from the Russian brass for being too friendly with the Wings, letting Marchenko come practice with the Griffs during the playoffs or whatever that was. This is how you save face.

Oh well, I know Feds will never try to screw the Wings.

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Gee, Sergei, thanks for trying to poach Datsyuk away from your old team.

Ridiculous. I suppose you'll be burning your Steve Yzerman jersey too, since he was mean enough not to accept that Lashoff/Tootoo/Samuelsson for Stamkos/Drouin/Hedman offer Kenny sent him. C'mon Stevie, we retired your number! You OWE us!

Seriously, though, this is not a big deal. 90% of Red Wings fans would have understood if Datsyuk wanted to return back home and finish his career there, so why would it be any different if Fedorov had anything to do with it?

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Too soon?

It's true that Russian aircraft are often not kept up to the same safety standards as those in the USA.

Ridiculous. I suppose you'll be burning your Steve Yzerman jersey too, since he was mean enough not to accept that Lashoff/Tootoo/Samuelsson for Stamkos/Drouin/Hedman offer Kenny sent him. C'mon Stevie, we retired your number! You OWE us!

Misplaced hyperbole FTL.

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I had a chance to sleep with a model once. I asked her how she was doing and she said fine thanks. That's about as close as Fedorov got to signing Datsyuk.

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Sorry but this is not funny. I know what you are trying to say but what happened is still horrible and one can only pray, that the KHL has improved in that regard.

st being Pasha once again, to be honest I wouldn't have hold it against him if he decided to stay in the KHL but I am obviously happy that he decided to return and signed an extension.

I didn't read it as a funny comment. I read it as a serious valid point and a real consideration, as well as a poignant commentary on the state of the infrastructure over there, including significant aspects such as emergency medical preparedness at rinks, player medical coverage in general, etc.

Especially coming from F Michael; dude is usually spot on with his insights.

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Of course the NHL is the best league, but I can see the appeal for guys like Kovalchuk. Play at home with your friends and family close, close to or equal money, less games, less media pressure. It wouldn't surprise me if more players left.

More money. The mafia bosses pay über dollars to bring Russian stars home. Kovy will make the 77 mil he was supposed to make over the next 12 years if he plays for the next 6 or 7 years.

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Sorry but this is not funny. I know what you are trying to say but what happened is still horrible and one can only pray, that the KHL has improved in that regard.

Pasha just being Pasha once again, to be honest I wouldn't have hold it against him if he decided to stay in the KHL but I am obviously happy that he decided to return and signed an extension.

Also I think some people are really underestimating the playing at home factors in front of the 3-fs, especially if you are already extremely rich. Imagine yourself in a situation thousands of miles away from him, already having tons of cash and almost a guaranteed workstoppage every 4 - 5 years reducing your rights/salary - wouldn't it be extremely tempting to just go home and enjoy playing in front of the former mentioned 3-fs?

Winning the Stanley Cup may be the ultimate goal for almost every NA born player but I think a lot of europeans are just happy with playing some years in the NHL and see where it goes. From a purely competitive standpoint though I agree, the NHL is by far the best league.

Well the lockout factor wouldn't be a big consideration I assume, consider the fact that in 7-8 years pasha will be gone regardless of a looming lockout

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Pavel wants to travel in a modern aircraft that has a 99.99999% chance of not crashing.

Yikes

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Fedorov would be an idiot not to reach out to Datsyuk and make an offer.

It's not like he did anything underhanded. Even in the article he's professional and completely understanding of Datsyuk's decision. I don't get what people are up in arms about, other than already having a chip on their shoulder about Fedorov.

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Fedorov would be an idiot not to reach out to Datsyuk and make an offer.

It's not like he did anything underhanded. Even in the article he's professional and completely understanding of Datsyuk's decision. I don't get what people are up in arms about, other than already having a chip on their shoulder about Fedorov.

Just to create another reason to be mad at him cause he hasn't Pissed anyone off in a long time is my best guess. People need to be able to say hey look what he did now

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