One general manager isn't thrilled the NHL lockout is over. "I will not hide the news that the end of the lockout is not the best news, but we were prepared for this," CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov said on the team website (via Google translation). He's talking about the impending departure of Pavel Datsyuk, the lockout's gift to the KHL. Datsyuk was wistful that it's ending, too. "Of course, I will probably have to leave, but my heart's here," he told Sport-Express. "... Well, at least I celebrated the New Year at home, which for a long time did not happen. There is a possibility that I stay? It is always there. ... "Actually, I originally wanted to spend the season with CSKA until the end; it is a pleasure to play for their fans, to hear the Russian language." Bettman, pro & con Red Wings defenseman Ian White, who called commissioner Gary Bettman "an idiot" during the lockout, put it a little more civilly Monday. "I just didn't really think too much of the job that he's been doing," White said. "Even now when you look at how the deal was done, I think all along we thought there's a time line on when they wanted to sweat us out till. ... "It's unfortunate, because I think we could have had a deal in summer." And now for an opposing point of view, tweeted by Don Cherry: "For all you people that are going to watch hockey this year, make no mistake about it, you're watching it because of Gary Bettman. Bettman was the guy that had to pull the trigger whether this was done or not. He saved the season."
Sergei Fedorov will miss Wings' Pavel Datsyuk in Russia
Detroit Free Press | Jan 8