Pavel Datsyuk Injury: Updates on Red Wings Star's Knee and Return

Dec 28, 2013; Sunrise, FL, USA;  Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) skates in the second period of a game against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMarch 5, 2014

Updates from Thursday, April 3

Pavel Datsuyk updated fans on his status via his Twitter account:

Head coach Mike Babcock talked about how he'll use Datsuyk (via Ansar Khan of MLive.com):

Updates from Wednesday, April 2

Ansar Khan of MLive.com has the latest details on Pavel Datsuyk:

Updates from Tuesday, April 1

Bill Roose of the Detroit Red Wings has the latest on Datsuyk's status:

Updates from Thursday, March 27

Bill Roose of the Detroit Red Wings provides a synopsis of Pavel Datsyuk discussing his injury status:

Updates from Wednesday, March 26

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press has the latest on Datsyuk:

Original Text

After missing a game Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils, it appears Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk could be absent from the lineup for several more contests as well.

The Red Wings' official Twitter account confirmed the news with a quote from general manager and executive vice president Ken Holland:

Though Datsyuk won't be on the ice for the next three weeks, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press confirmed that the center was in the weight room prior to the Devils game Tuesday night:

Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t on the ice for practice this afternoon at Joe Louis Arena, and he won’t play Tuesday night. [...] But he was in the weight room, taking out his frustrations on a large tire during a lengthy workout with a sledgehammer.

One of the most promising parts of the announcement is that no surgery will be necessary for Datsyuk, as he will simply be given time to recover over the next three weeks. With the veteran still present in the weight room, the Red Wings could simply be taking precaution with him.

It has not been a good last few weeks for Datsyuk after being a part of Team Russia's men's hockey team that didn't advance to the semifinals in their home country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The center spoke about his emotions following the loss, per NBC Sports:

The 35-year-old veteran has been struggling with injuries throughout the season and has only played in a total of 39 games during the year. Datsyuk played in 47 games with Detroit last season while splitting time with CSKA Moscow of the KHL during the lockout.    

Even with just 39 games played, Datsyuk has still registered 15 goals and 33 total points for the Red Wings.

With Detroit sitting just outside of a playoff spot at 28-21-12 with 68 points, the team could use the services of Datsyuk. But taking their time with the experienced center is likely the best choice for both the team and the player.

If Detroit can find a way to get to the postseason, having a healthy Datsyuk is a benefit not only on offense but also from a leadership standpoint. When more updates come through about the center, they will be added to this story.


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