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Datsyuk lets the comedy fly in blog interview // Detroit News

Ted Kulfan

Datsyuk lets the comedy fly in blog interview

Red Wing shows off his comedic chops in translated interview with Russian journalist.

By Ted KulfanThe Detroit News

DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk's wry humor doesn't always translate.

But Red Wings fans can get a better sense of it from Russian journalist Dmitry Chesnokov's interview with Datsyuk for Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy blog.

Chesnokov regularly interviews Russian players in their native language, and translates it into English.

Some of the Datsyuk highlights:

*What did he mean when he told Detroit broadcasters he likes to "dangle, dangle" with the puck?

"How should I explain it? It's like dancing rock-n-roll with a puck. You pick a puck on your stick and you dance around on the ice with it."

*Who is the most underrated player in the NHL?

"I am a very shy person, so I cannot name him. But you can hear that player in your receiver right now talking to you."

*Who is the toughest defenseman to play against?

"I really cannot name one. All of them are like an insurmountable wall to me."

*Does he think of trying to make more money elsewhere?

"You can't make all the money in the world."

*Does he worry about slipping on octopus slime on the ice?

"I think hockey players are all great skaters and can avoid all the octopuses."

*What team did he dream of playing for when he was young?

"Avtomobilist from my home town of Ekaterinburg. I couldn't even imagine playing anywhere else. Anywhere else, like Detroit, was just a miracle."

*What's his thoughts on Marian Hossa saying Datsyuk was a better stick-handler and less predictable than Sidney Crosby?

"That just means that the money Hossa is getting here is finally being paid off!"

Franzen returns

Johan Franzen returned to the Wings' lineup Wednesday, but in doing so forced someone else into the role of watching.

In this case, it was Kirk Maltby , who was a healthy scratch against Nashville.

Franzen (bruised right hand) missed five games after getting hurt Feb. 7 against Edmonton. He scored two power-play goals Wednesday as the Wings routed the Nashville Predators, 6-2.

"You're never going to feel 100 percent, but it feels good to go," Franzen said. "You miss playing and it's not fun to watch."

Shooting the puck wasn't a problem, Franzen said. Neither was stickhandling, which clinched the decision to get back into the lineup.

With Tomas Holmstrom (hernia) not in the lineup, as well, the Wings missed Franzen's net-front presence.

"He's a big body, we missed him when he was away, and it's great to have him back," said coach Mike Babcock , who reunited Franzen on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Marian Hossa ..  

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