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Datsyuk has ankle surgery

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Center  - DET
Goals: 26 | Assists: 39 | Pts: 65

Shots: 165 | +/-: 12
SUNRISE, Fla.Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on Friday to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle, general manager Ken Holland disclosed as the Red Wings prepared to settle in to BB&T Center for the NHL’s annual amateur draft.

The Red Wings’ star center, who will turn 37 years old next month, will be in a cast or some other form of immobilizer for the next 4-6 weeks.

“At around the three-month period we’ll re-evaluate and see where he’s at,” Holland said. “Once we get into the middle of September, the start of training camp, we’ll see where he’s at.”

Datsyuk missed eight of the final 10 games in the regular season. Holland said the injury occurred when the Datsyuk blocked a shot in early March.

Datsyuk was home in Russia when he called Holland to tell him that the ankle wasn’t feeling any better after two months rest.

Orthopedist Dr. Robert Anderson performed the operation on Datsyuk’s ankle in Charlotte, N.C. Anderson is the surgeon that removed bone spurs from the ankle of Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera last October.

“We weren’t sure what was the matter with his ankle at the end of the year,” Holland said, of Datsyuk. “He had some concerns about his tendons in his ankle and we felt with four, five, six weeks of time off it should heal. It didn’t heal.”

Several different injuries caused Datsyuk to miss 19 games last season. But he still managed to be a point-per-game producer, compiling 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games. He played in every game of the Wings’ seven-game playoff series against Tampa Bay, leading the team with three goals and five points.

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