Traverse City — On a lovely day in northern Michigan, Pavel Datsyuk appeared ready to enjoy the afternoon Thursday — but he definitely will not be in a Red Wings uniform for a while longer.
Datsyuk, recovering from surgery on ruptured tendons in his ankle, will get an update on his progress next week from Dr. Robert Andersen, who performed the orginal surgery.
Datsyuk had surgery in late June. The timetable for a return is anywhere from late October to late November.
“I’m waiting for a professional (to say) when I can begin skating,” said Datsyuk, who will be the only roster player not skating beginning Friday for training camp. “We’ll see. After that, I see day to day.”
Said general manager Ken Holland: “He’ll go see the doctor next week who performed the surgery and the doctor will give him his marching orders going forward.”
Datsyuk isn’t sure if the injury occurred late in the regular season or in the playoff series against Tampa Bay.
He felt rest would take care of the problem, but realized it wasn’t going to help.
“I thought it would be healing but it didn’t feel right,” Datsyuk said. “I come back to the surgery.”
Datsyuk said he’s able to do some conditioning, and said he’s feeling “awesome, really”.
The change to coach Jeff Blashill, who replaces the departed Mike Babcock, didn’t surprise Datsyuk.
Like most other Red Wings, Datsyuk felt Babcock needed a new challenge to tackle.
“Everybody needs change,” Datysuk said. “Nothing suirprises me.”
The Red Wings begin practicing and intrasquad scrimmages Friday, the first day of training camp at Centre Ice Arena.
The team released rosters for the three intrasquad teams that’ll be competing this weekend.
Team Delvecchio is highlighted by the lines of Brad Richards centering Darren Helm and Tomas Tatar, while Riley Sheahan will center Johan Franzen and Luke Glendening.
Danny DeKeyser and Mike Green are the top defensive pairing, while Petr Mrazek is the No. 1 goalie.
Team Howe is led by the top line of Dylan Larkin between Tomas Jurco and Teemu Pulkkinen, while the second line has Andy Miele centering Daniel Cleary and Anthony Mantha. Kyle Quincey and Alexey Marchenko is the top defensive pairing (the second is Xavier Ouellet and Nick Jensen), withi Tom McCollum in net.
Team Lindsay has Henrik Zetterberg centering Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist, while the second line has Joakim Andersson between Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro. On defense, there’s Niklas Kronwall with Jonathan Ericsson and Brendan Smith with Jakub Kindl, with Jimmy Howard in net.
There are 70 players in camp.
After morning physicals, the team participated in the annual charity golf outing at Grand Traverse on a perfect weather day.
... Kronwall notices a different atmosphere around training camp with a new coach, several new acquisitions, and young players pushing for a roster spot.
“A lot of energy and optimism,” Kronwall said. “There’s a lot of competition for spots out there, whether it’s roster spots or time on the ice. That’s healthy for the organization.”