Pavel Datsyuk will not play for Russia on Saturday night against Canada in their World Cup semifinal game. Datsyuk has been bothered by a lower body injury that also kept him out of their first round game against Finland. He had been a game-time decision leading up to the game, but did not take the ice for pre-game warmups. It’s a big loss for Russia because Datsyuk is still their top-line center and had been skating on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Vladimir Tarasenko before the injury. He recorded two assists in his two games for Russia. Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will center that line instead. If Russia does not beat Canada on Saturday we could have very likely seen the last
Rough news for the Ottawa Senators on Sunday: forward Clarke MacArthur needed help off the ice following a big hit during a team scrimmage. The hit was delivered by Patrick Sieloff, prompting an immediate response from Bobby Ryan, according to The Hockey News’ Murray Pam. MacArthur has been hoping to return to NHL action after some serious concussion issues, so this is a troubling situation. wonder if this might end his career. Update: Here’s a GIF of the hit.
Still-unsigned RFA Tobias Rieder is currently loving life as a member of Team Europe’s surprising World Cup entry. His life with the Arizona Coyotes is less idyllic, though. Over the weekend, Rieder’s agent told the Arizona Republic his client won’t attend Coyotes training camp after the World Cup is over, the latest move in what’s been a contentious negotiation that’s lasted the entire offseason. “We’ve made them a fair offer at two years at $2.5 million a year, and they’re unwilling to do it,” Darren Ferris explained. “Tobi brings a lot of intangibles to that team. I know he’s a fan favorite. “He loves Arizona, but it’s disappointing that they’re unwilling to compensate this kid fairly.” Coyotes