Already without Henrik Zetterberg, the Red Wings now are going to be without Pavel Datsyuk. General manager Ken Holland said Wednesday after the trade deadline passed that the Red Wings will shut Datsyuk down for three to four weeks because of an inflamed knee. Holland said the decision was made after talking with Datsyuk last weekend and sensing Datsyuk’s frustration and disappointment in not playing up to his capability and expectation. “It allows Pav, in his own mind, that his body will have a period of time (to heal),” Holland said. “Let’s see if we can wake up in three weeks and the inflammations and things that are not allowing him to do the things he can do and wants to do, let’s see if this is the answer.” Surgery isn’t currently an option. But Holland said it could be this summer, if Datsyuk’s condition doesn’t progress. “If it doesn’t, then we’ll have to see what’s next,” Holland said. “I’m hoping in three to four weeks, Pavel is here and (skating) around and we’ll be having conversations as to when he’s coming back.” In 39 games this season, Datsyuk has 15 goals and 18 assists, while averaging 20:27 of ice time. He is a minus-2.
Wings shut down Pavel Datsyuk for 3-4 weeks; surgery not in play yet
Detroit News | Mar 6