DETROIT >> It was well known that Pavel Datsyuk wasn’t 100 percent when the playoffs came around, despite getting a month off to try and recover from a left knee injury.
Wings general manager Ken Holland isn’t sure if he’ll try rehab or have surgery to repair the injury.
“It has to be determined whether four months off and a commitment to the gym will give him the power and the quickness we’re used to,” Holland said. “He was still a good player.
“It’s the ligament,” Holland added. “It’s minor surgery, but it takes three months to heal. There’s a question if there’s dead tissue in there. They take the dead tissue out and get the blood flowing in the ligament.”
The team shut Datsyuk, who played in the Olympics, down at the trade deadline. He returned for the final six games of the regular season and played all five games in the playoffs.
“A lot depends on what Pav wants to do,” Holland said. “He doesn’t seem to feel he has the power. We gave him January off, waiting for it to heal and it never did.”