Pavel Datsyuk was only able to play forty-five games this season for the Detroit Red Wings because of his knee injury.
Datsyuk missed most of January and all of March because of the injury, but will not need surgery this off-season to relive the pain in his knee.
Datsyuk was able to finish out the year with the Red Wings and his skating seemed to improve in every game he played, but he did turn down an offer to play for Russia in the World Championship because of the injury.
Deciding not to play for Russia in the Worlds seems to have been more of a precautionary measure for him, but he will have a long road of recovery ahead of him.
Ansar Khan, from Mlive, was able to pick up this quote from Holland:
“Right now I don’t think he’s having surgery,” general manager Ken Holland said on Tuesday. “(Coach) Mike Babcock introduced him to a (trainer) we respect. He’s pushing hard and we’re monitoring. If nothing changes, he won’t have surgery.”
Datsyuk did not feel any lingering pain once the season was over and because he has not experienced any pain, he will not have to undergo any surgery. Datsyuk will instead start a rigorous workout to rehab his knee and get him ready for next season.
Let’s just hope his rehab will not include the shot Daniel Cleary received in his knee, which caused him to miss the second half of the season.
With surgery not in the picture for Pavel Datsyuk, he should be raring to go by the start of the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp in September.