Pavel Datsyuk Could Miss Beginning of Red Wings Season

Pavel Datsyuk reportedly undergoes ankle surgery, return unknown as of now.

Today there was news surfacing that Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk underwent ankle surgery.

Datsyuk's operation was to repair ruptured tendons in his ankle. Chuck Pleiness released an article stating that he could very well miss the start of the 2015-2016 regular season:

Pavel Datsyuk could miss the start of the regular season after having surgery Friday to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle.

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Datsyuk will be in a cast four four-to-six weeks before starting rehab. He’ll be re-evaluated around the time the team wraps up training camp.

"We felt time off would get the job done," Holland said. "He went to Russia for six weeks. He called (trainer) Piet Van Zant on Saturday and said his ankle’s not better."

Datsyuk, who missed eight of the final 14 games of the regular season, had the procedure done by Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina.

"A lot has to do with how the body heals and how we go about the rehab process," Holland said when asked if he could miss the start of the season.


Since nothing has been confirmed but the surgery itself, this story is developing. The Red Wings organization will reevaluate Datsyuk's ankle later this summer and decide whether or not he will be ready for the season-opener on October 9th against Mike Babcock and the Toronto Maple Leafs.