Red Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com Monday that the surgeon who performed the surgery on Modano almost a month ago was targeting sometime in March for Modano's return to the ice.
When Modano might actually return to NHL action, though, is fluid. Holland did say they were confident Modano could return before the end of the regular season in mid-April.
Modano was cut on the right forearm and wrist by Columbus forward R.J. Umberger's skate on Nov. 26, and had surgery the following day.
The Detroit area native, the all-time leading scorer among Americans, signed a one-year deal with Detroit in the offseason worth $1.25 million plus $500,000 in bonuses.
He struggled to fit into the Red Wings line-up early on, but was finding his groove when the injury occurred.
The 40-year-old has two goals and eight points in 20 games for the Red Wings.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.