Windows of recovery can change — especially when it comes to hockey players — but for now, it sounds like Pavel Datsyuk will miss at least the first month of the 2015-16 season.
Datsyuk was seen “doing high-intensity foot/leg work” outside the Red Wings locker room on Wednesday, but he’s not expected back until November nonetheless, according to the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James.
Considering Datsyuk’s age (37), mileage (887 regular season games, 152 postseason contests, plenty of international experience) and recent bouts with injuries, the Red Wings should discourage him from rushing back too soon.
Of course, gauging a player’s health isn’t an exact science, especially when those guys often want to go back even if they’re really not quite ready.
The longer Datsyuk is out, the tougher it will likely be for the Red Wings to keep their playoff streak alive. On the other hand, a healthier Datsyuk could help them put together their first deep run in years (if they make the playoffs, that is).