May 27, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Damien Brunner (24) receives congratulations from center Pavel Datsyuk (13) after scoring in the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks in game six of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

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So, Pavel Datsyuk certainly made himself headline worthy yesterday, after speaking out about Russia’s anti-gay laws, and saying it, but not saying how he agrees with Presidents Vladimir Putin’s ruling about gay athlete’s at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Datsyuk has the right to his own opinion, and has a right to speak those views, but it might of come off as bad taste to everyone in the Canadian and American markets, and the backlash that he’s been getting certainly proves that point.  Datsyuk is a phenomenal player, and a lot of people know are going to comment on how good of a player he is, rather than his off the ice accomplishments and accolades. He’s going to have a lot of explaining to do, and I’m sure he will explain himself throughout the course of the season, but this does not look good for him or the Red Wings organization at all.

In good news, Brian Leetch (Number 2 in our Top 10), will replace Rob Blake as the Manager of the department of players’ safety, you know the whole department that is notorious for missing blatant suspensions, and do have some very great videos that shows off Brendan Shanahan as some sort of made for T.V. movie role in the future. So what does this mean for Leetch? Well for one, he could easily become the most hated man in the NHL behind Shanahan, and knowing that Shanahan has become so vilified, means Leetch will too become vilified. Not only by those who follow the NHL and the game, but will Ranger fans start to hate Leetch when a suspension comes down on one of our own? I for one am going to miss Leetch’s insights and analysis on MSG broadcasts, but am happy for him getting this promotion. Also joining Leetch is Patrick Burke, in a directors role, made especially for him.

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  • disqus_DOMZAEL4RZ

    Personally I don’t believe political issues such as this have
    any place in sports (not that athletes shouldn’t be able to voice their
    opinion) but frankly I’m thrilled someone, especially someone I admire as much
    as Datsyuk, had the balls to say they’re against it; whatever the reason. I
    find it appalling that anyone who happens to disagree with this lifestyle seems
    to be instantly labeled as close-minded and heartless, while those giving these
    labels are judging someone for their beliefs just as they accuse others of
    doing. I say good for Pavel for sticking to his guns; let the bashing come.