Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk is skating without limitations after he missed time last season with a knee injury.
Center - DET
GOALS: 17 | ASST: 20 | PTS: 37
SOG: 126 | +/-: 1
"It looks like the work has helped me, and I don't need the surgery," Datsyuk told the Red Wings website Tuesday
at Joe Louis Arena. "… I'm skating now and it feels much better. Nothing bothers me and we'll see."
Datsyuk, 36, is entering his 13th season in the NHL. He had 17 goals and 20 assists in 45 regular-season games for the Red Wings in 2013-14 and had five points in five Stanley Cup Playoff games (Detroit was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round).
Datsyuk said surgery on his left knee was an option following the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where he played for Russia, but he opted to play through the pain.
"After the Olympics it was questionable whether to do the surgery," Datsyuk said. "It was much better in a few games of the Boston series. I could push my knee but I lost a lot of muscle. Now everything has come back."
Datsyuk has been skating with teammates for the past two days after resuming workouts two weeks ago. After a quiet offseason, Detroit will have virtually the same roster as last season.
"Everybody wish[es] we had new player but we don't have it," Datsyuk said. "Now we just stick together and play our hockey and hope we don't have many injuries. Then we'll have a good chance, but if we have lots of injuries it will be tough again. … For the last three years we've been back and forth; it kills us."
Forward Henrik Zetterberg said last week he would be healthy for training camp after recovering from back surgery.