Possibly win a gold medal in your home country as captain or stay home and rest for a team that even IF they find a way to get a healthy lineup is more than likely 1st or 2nd round fodder?? Hrm thats a pretty easy decision right there. Everyone here would kill for that chance to do what Pav has in front of him. Pav has done enough for this organization the last 12 years that he should be able to do whatever he wants in this situation and we as fans should support him. The guy is going to go to Sochi and hes going to play. Even if hes 75% healthy hes going to play. Who cares if the Wings are his employer and he should stay because of risk of injury and not playing after. As an employee he has every right as we do with our jobs to tell his employer to stick it where the sun dont shine if they dont like his decision or try and persuade him to stay. Using the employer comes first logic then Babs shouldnt go either. That time off would be better focused on him figuring out what to do with this shamble of team he has than coaching Canada.
Pav has made enough money Im sure this weighs very little into his decision. If if does play into it then guess what, him leading his country to Olympic gold will earn him well over 6.7 million the rest of his life.
Actually, he doesn't. He's not an at will employee. He belongs to a union and is under contract. He can't tell the Wings to stick it any more than the Wings can tell Sammy or Bert to stick it and not pay them. I would have to think behind the scenes the Wings are looking into what their rights are in the Collective Bargaining agreement regarding this issue I wasn't saying the money was important to him, but it's important to the people who are paying him and who he says he's too injured to play for, but is still getting paid to do so. You pay a neighbor kid a few hundred bucks to shovel your snow all season. He says he hurt himself and can't do it, yet you seem him outside shoveling someone else's snow. You're totally good with giving him that money and you're wishing him well because he's a nice kid and did a good job shoveling your snow last year?
If Mike Babcock was not coaching the Red Wings right now because he was too sick or injured but wasn't too sick or injured to coach Team Canada, then no, he shouldn't coach there. But he appears to be working very hard for the Red Wings right now. I have no issue with that or with any of the players who are playing for the Red Wings and are going to play for their country. There is a risk they may get injured and I understand that. But its completely different than someone who has not played in 5 weeks, can barely skate and seems to still want to go and play in the Olympics and wants to use the Red Wings games as "conditioning" for the Olympics.
So what if Russia doesn't win the gold medal and Datsyuk suffers a long term injury because of it? A torn ACL and is out for a year? You'll pay him out of your pocket?
Franzen is doing the right thing and sitting out and getting himself healthy for the Red Wings, not risking his health for Team Sweden.