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by Paul on 04/27/14 at 05:50 PM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Detroit Red Wings are in the process of determining whether Pavel Datsyuk needs surgery to remove possible dead tissue in his left knee, or whether a summer of rehabilitation will suffice.
Datsyuk dealt with the knee issue the second half of the season, missing 30-of-34 games following the Jan. 1 Winter Classic. Despite playing at less than 100 percent in the playoffs against Boston, Datsyuk was Detroit’s best player, scoring three of his team’s six goals in the five-game series.
“It has to be determined whether four months off and a commitment to the gym will give him the power and the quickness we’re used to,” general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s between the doctor and Pav. A lot depends on what Pav wants to do. He doesn’t seem to feel he has the power.”
Holland called it minor surgery, but said it takes three months to heal. So a decision likely needs to be made within a month.
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