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Pavel Datsyuk May Need Surgery

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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stonehands-78's avatar

not a surprise.

get well Pasha

and ... No. 12 in 2015


Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/27/14 at 07:02 PM ET

bleep bloop's avatar

Reminds me of a gymnast who had a bit of necrotic tissue in her hand after a wrist injury and the doctors weren’t convinced surgery was required. It was a matter of years rather than months

Posted by bleep bloop on 04/27/14 at 07:34 PM ET

Figaro's avatar

Get in there and get it out and get it over with.  Sure he’ll miss a couple of months of workouts, but the guy works harder than anyone else off the ice and he’ll find himself 100% by Game 1 next October.  His roster spot is not in jeopardy of being taken by a Griffin   raspberry

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 04/27/14 at 08:27 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Get it taken care of quickly, get better soon, and get ready for next year.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 04/28/14 at 03:57 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

not a surprise.

get well Pasha

No surprise, as I figured after the Olympics Pasha would require surgery on his knee .
Get er done Pavel.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/28/14 at 10:27 PM ET

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