Unfortunately for Datsyuk, he sustained an undisclosed injury and was unable to suit up for the semifinal against Team Canada, a contest that the Russians ended up losing. Before leaving his country for the World Cup in Toronto, the Magic Man registered a pair of three-point outings over six regular-season contests for SKA St. Petersburg.
Datsyuk (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Team Russia's semifinal matchup with Team Canada on Saturday, CTV News reports.
Datsyuk missed Thursday's game against Finland due to the ailment but apparently a few more days of rest has brought optimism that he'll be good to go against Canada. The 38-year-old center has recorded two assists while helping the Russian team to a 2-1 record in the tournament. Check back closer to puck drop for a determination of Datsyuk's status.
Datsyuk picked up an undisclosed injury and will miss Team Russia's contest against Team Finland on Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Datsyuk, who is technically under contract with the Coyotes this year, moved back to Russia and will play in the KHL. Head coach Oleg Znarok described it as a "small injury" so the center should be available against Team Canada if they advance to the next stage of the competition.
Datsyuk put the Red Wings in a bind by forgoing the final year of his contract and leaving the team with a $7.5 million cap hit, but Ken Holland, Detroit's general manager, was able to trade that contract to the Coyotes during the draft in order for Arizona to come closer to the cap floor. As noted in the report, the 'Yotes have since granted Datsyuk the right to sign with the Russian club, and he'll make the equivalent to $3.9 million annually. At 37 years old, it's doubtful that the Magic Man will ever reappear in the NHL.
Just days after Red Wings general manager Ken Holland stated that he didn't believe he would be able to find a taker for Datsyuk's contract, he found one in 27-year-old Coyotes rookie GM John Chayka. Arizona needed to reach the salary cap floor of $54 million for next season so the club was easily able to absorb all of Datsyuk's contract. This allows the Wings to make a run at pending unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos when he hits the market on July 1.