The Wings will be without center Pavel Datsyuk for up to two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery today to remove some old fragments.
“He said yesterday he could feel something not right in his knee,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “They took an MRI, saw a fragment. They went in today, surgery is over. It was minor arthroscopic surgery. Cleaned up his ligament and he should be ready to go in a couple of weeks.”
Datsyuk has been the Wings’ offensive leader since mid-November with 16 goals and 43 assists.
“The doctor said after being in there it was something that needed to be done,” Holland said. “Our concern was Pav complained yesterday and I don’t know if he complained much before, the doctor looked at it, do we wake up in a month and find out we need to do it? With two months to go before the playoffs start … fortunately we’ve had a good run, we’ve got some points banked away. The timing couldn’t have been better.”
Holland added that this injury won’t change the team’s approach at the trade deadline.
“He’s coming back,” Holland said. “When you got Pavel Datsyuk … there’s not many Pavel Datsyuk out in the marketplace. It’s minor. After Saturday we got one game in a week, so we’ll see. Again, it’s nothing major.”
The Wings did activate Danny Cleary off injured reserve for the game tonight against Chicago.