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Henrik Zetterberg’s Career Is Over Due To Back Issues

 

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added 9:57am, Cap hit information below regarding the Wings/Zetterberg.

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TeamDub's avatar

Damn.

Knew it, but seeing it is a gut-punch.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 09/14/18 at 09:54 AM ET

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Khan also tweeted saying Abdelkader back home, wife expecting a child.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 09:55 AM ET

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Holland tells the media Z will go on LTIR.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 09:59 AM ET

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downer

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 09/14/18 at 10:02 AM ET

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Yikes. We all assumed that was coming, but yeah still a gut punch

Posted by George0211 on 09/14/18 at 10:03 AM ET

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As I posted on another site:

Good for him to prioritize his current and future health over money. You had a great career, Zetterman, walk away while you still can with your head held high.

Posted by RedMenace from The He-Man Kadri Haters Club on 09/14/18 at 10:17 AM ET

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Craig Custance of The Athletic,

Major news like this doesn’t just impact one team. This is one of the NHL’s stars. He wasn’t Pavel Datsyuk flashy. He wasn’t Nicklas Lidstrom worshipped. But when the best players around the league competed against Henrik Zetterberg, they knew what they were in for.

And they respected him immensely for him.

“Nothing about Henrik Zetterberg jumped out at you as being — he wasn’t super fast or powerful or big but he was smart, he was just smooth, he always made the right decision,” Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews told The Athletic. “The plays he ended up making half the time, it was ‘How did he do that?’ He wasn’t turning on dimes and still sometimes he would undress guys, kind of like Datsyuk, but he did it in a different way.”

read on ($$$)

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 10:24 AM ET

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Wakiji tweet,

Holland: He’s got a degenerative condition in his back. Part of the degenerative condition is significant arthritis. Nothing can be done, no back surgery, no rehab, no more time off is going to have any positive impact.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 10:26 AM ET

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via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“It is emotional,” Zetterberg said Friday. “It’s been 15 years here and even though I knew that I was on my last couple years, I wish that I could play a little bit longer.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 10:31 AM ET

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Damn it.

Thanks, Z, you were all heart and a true Red Wing!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 09/14/18 at 10:39 AM ET

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well hell ell color me surprised

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 09/14/18 at 10:40 AM ET

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Good for him to prioritize his current and future health over money.

He’s going on LTIR, not retiring, so he’s still going to get paid.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 09/14/18 at 10:41 AM ET

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Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Henrik Zetterberg is ending his career.

Zetterberg saw a specialist in New York last week and found he had a degenerative back condition. Rather than assuming any further risk and affecting his quality of life, he announced on Friday morning at Wings’ training camp in Traverse City that he has decided to not play.

“He’s made a decision he’s not prepared to take the risk to play professional hockey anymore,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s got a degenerative condition in his back. Part of the degenerative condition in his back is arthritis. Nothing can be done, no back surgery, no rebab, no more time off is going to have any positive impact, and if he were to play professional hockey, it’s going to accelerate the degeneration.

“If he were to take a bad hit, he’s risking significant back surgery and Henrik has decided his quality of life is more important than taking the risk of back surgery.”

continued

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 10:57 AM ET

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40 oz for #40.

Thanks for giving everything Hank.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 09/14/18 at 10:59 AM ET

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Ugh.  Knew this day was coming and am happy for him.  The fact that he played 82 games for each of the last 3 years is amazing and a testament to his commitment to his leadership of this franchise.  He’ll be missed for many things but it is time. 

Hank

Posted by RWBill on 09/14/18 at 11:14 AM ET

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End of an era.

Thanks for everything Captain.

Posted by Matt_in_MI on 09/14/18 at 11:14 AM ET

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Once Kronwall goes, and I mean that literally, not figuratively, the last link to the last great Red Wings teams will be gone.  I’m not saying we’re facing a nuclear winter, but it’s going to be awhile before you can put the words “Detroit” and “Stanley Cup” in the same sentence.

Posted by WingDingy on 09/14/18 at 11:32 AM ET

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Abby, Helm, and Howard played in 08, but you’re right about the primary guys winning that Cup.

Posted by The Meal from Longmont, CO on 09/14/18 at 11:36 AM ET

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Saw this coming, most of us did of course.

But you guys are right it was still a gut punch to see that notification from The Score app come across my phone while at the store this morning.  Because now it’s real.

And it still sucks.

And Paul, this is one of those times where the DET news should also be on the KK Hockey section as well IMO.

Posted by Primis on 09/14/18 at 12:39 PM ET

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P- I will be posting the Zetterberg news in KKH too from a general point of view.

The good thing is A2Y does hit the KK homepage and also Twitter and Facebook.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 12:42 PM ET

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Sad indeed.  I had hoped the media speculation over the summer was just that…bored media in the summer looking for stories, like they had the last couple summers.

It’s almost the end of an era, and it’s going to be a while until the next one.  While there are exciting new players in the pipeline, I still had attachment to Z, Kronwall, and Datsyuk because I had such fond members of those teams - elite, exciting, and fun teams.

The league has changed so much in the last 10 years…we may not see many high performing teams like the ones we had when those guys were still on it.  It’s just not going to be the same watching this club - at least not for a long time.

Posted by TreKronor on 09/14/18 at 12:42 PM ET

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Vi Ses, Zäta.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 09/14/18 at 12:46 PM ET

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Holland tells the media Z will go on LTIR.

Sad, but we knew it was coming. I have arthritis in my neck. I can only imagine how it affects your back.  sick

Posted by bigfrog on 09/14/18 at 12:50 PM ET

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So long Z. Thanks for every time you stepped oot on the ice. All the best to you, and, yours.


Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 09/14/18 at 01:11 PM ET

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Crosby “Yes!!!”.

Seriously though … a real warrior.  Sad news.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 09/14/18 at 01:22 PM ET

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Could someone please explain going on LTIR versus retiring? Is the cap hit the same and/or is it likely that we’ll just dump his contract on another team like we did when we traded Datsyuk?

Posted by The Hurricane on 09/14/18 at 03:10 PM ET

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No expert here TH, but if he retires, he forfeits his remaining salary.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 03:12 PM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/14/18 at 03:12 PM ET

Correct.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 09/14/18 at 04:19 PM ET

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Zetterberg was one of my favorite players, just GD warrior, leader, a competitor, every time he jumped over the boards, he competed against every player that stacked against him, no matter size or skill, he just gave it everything he had. 

To me this marks the absolute end of an era of true Red Wing Warriors.  Hopefully enough rubbed off on these kids.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 09/14/18 at 04:23 PM ET

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Could someone please explain going on LTIR versus retiring? Is the cap hit the same and/or is it likely that we’ll just dump his contract on another team like we did when we traded Datsyuk

If he retires, he loses the rest of the money ($3.5M, $1M, $1M, if I remember correctly) and Det cap hit is the amount they saved on cap in previous years, so something like $2.5, $5, $5. If he goes as injured, he gets his money, his cap hit is $6M, but he can be put on LTIR, so if it’s in pre-season, Det can spend up to $6M more, or if it’s after the start of the season, Det can trade for up to $6M more.

Just to remind everyone:
if you start the season with people on LTIR, your starting cap hit is your cap for the season, except if everybody gets back from LTIR, when it reverts back to max cap. So, if Det starts with current salary structure ($83M), and with Franzen and Zetterberg on LTIR ($4M + $6M), their max cap for the season is $73M and they can’t even call up a rookie if someone goes onto IR (if someone goes onto LTIR, they can spend up to his cap hit). If they start the season with Franzen on LTIR and transfer Zetterberg onto LTIR after the start of the season, they will have $6M space.

Posted by Davor on 09/14/18 at 04:42 PM ET

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Is it even legal for them to start the season with Zetterberg on the roster and then put him on LTIR after the season starts?

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 09/14/18 at 06:30 PM ET

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Bummer. There goes the best beard in hockey – and the chance for the “kids” to learn firsthand what it takes to give 100% all game, every game. That loss is bigger than any goals and assists they’ll lose without him in the lineup.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 09/14/18 at 06:45 PM ET

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Zetterberg was one of my favorite players, just GD warrior, leader, a competitor, every time he jumped over the boards, he competed against every player that stacked against him, no matter size or skill, he just gave it everything he had. 

To me this marks the absolute end of an era of true Red Wing Warriors.  Hopefully enough rubbed off on these kids.

This

Posted by VPalmer on 09/14/18 at 11:20 PM ET

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Is it even legal for them to start the season with Zetterberg on the roster and then put him on LTIR after the season starts?

I’m not 100% sure,but I think the requirement is to put the player on the IR, and team can decide to slide him on the LTIR depending on its needs. IR means he is off 23-men roster, you can put in the replacement. LTIR means that you also get his cap space for as long as he is injured.

Posted by Davor on 09/15/18 at 03:36 AM ET

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