Sport Henrik Zetterberg 'a real unknown' for return to Red Wings in 2018-19

19:28  10 august  2018
19:28  10 august  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The doubt keeps building this summer about Henrik Zetterberg's future with the Red Wings and whether he'll return for a 16th NHL season in 2018-19.

Three weeks after Zetterberg's agent, Gunnar Svensson, told the Swedish publication Hockeybladet his client "has not decided" about playing next season due to injury complications, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland on Friday expressed concern over Zetterberg's "tough summer."

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"I am anxious to know where Henrik Zetterberg is at. He’s a bit of an unknown as far as health," Holland said on a conference call announcing the contract extension for Dylan Larkin. "I have talked to his agent. He has had a tough summer. He hasn’t been able to train anywhere near where at past summers. I'm hoping he'll play."

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Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg left his return open-ended when the 2017-18 season ended. Now he says he's looking forward to another one. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press Published 7:46 p.m. ET June 6, 2018 .

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Zetterberg, 37, has been dealing with "some injury problems with his back," Svensson said in July. He's played through three seasons since undergoing back surgery in 2014, including back-to-back 82-game campaigns, but age and other ailments seem to have caught up with Detroit's captain.

He was second on the Red Wings with 56 points in 2017-18.

At the end of the season, both Holland and Zetterberg expressed optimism Zetterberg would return to full health with a "a strong summer" and be ready to go when training camp opens in September. If he's unable to play immediately — or at all — Larkin, 22, would assume responsibilities as Detroit's No. 1 center.

Larkin's new five-year, $30.5 million contract makes him the Red Wings' highest-paid player, passing Zetterberg, who has three years remaining on a contract that counts $6.083 million against the salary cap.

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Niklas Kronwall is an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 season, and is happy with the journey despite his future's uncertainty.The longtime Red Wings defenseman is entering the final year of his original seven-year, $33.25 million contract that he signed when he was 31 years old. Now, at 37 — the oldest skater on Detroit's blue line -- Kronwall remains without an extension heading into the upcoming season. He's more than content with his 14-year career as he plays the waiting game with the Red Wings.

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