Apr 24, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk (13) skates with the puck in the second period against the Boston Bruins in game four of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Red Wings don’t think Pavel Datsyuk needs knee surgery

The Detroit Red Wings may be out of the postseason but their quest for a Stanley Cup in 2014-15 still depends on the health of their players at the moment. While the team has an entire offseason to heal up, there were concerns about the health of center Pavel Datsyuk and the status of his knee heading into the summer.

According to the Detroit Free Press, it’s unlikely that Pavel Datsyuk will need surgery, at least that’s what general manager Ken Holland.

It looks like he’s not having surgery,” Holland said. “At the end of the year, he had no pain, he wasn’t playing on painkillers. He’s going to stay in touch with doctors, but I don’t think he’s going to have surgery.”

Not needing surgery is a good thing for Datsyuk and the Red Wings if he indeed can strengthen his knee without it. Injuries ravaged the roster in Detroit this season and the team can’t afford to start the 2014-15 campaign already behind.

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