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.
In just 63 regular season games, Datsyuk had 26 goals and 39 assists.