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Tire-Kicking Calls Being Made But Not About Niklas Kronwall

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is making phone calls regarding his available players for the upcoming trade deadline.

But one player he isn’t actively shopping, not surprisingly, is Niklas Kronwall.

The veteran defenseman has played his entire career in a Red Wings jersey, has never wanted to play anywhere else, and doesn’t want to go anywhere now in the twilight of his career.

And Holland is fine with that.

“I’m not calling teams about him,” Holland said. “He’s been here a long time, he’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s important as a leader on this team.”

Kronwall, 38, is in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

That is, if Kronwall continues playing.

Kronwall has all but confirmed this is his final season. There remains a small chance he could return for another year — having been as injury-free as he’s been — but it’s remote.

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Primis's avatar

Kronwall isn’t going anywhere on the off chance he decides to play one more year.  If he finishes this season and then play most of next, he’d be another Red Wings to play 1000 games in the red and white, and Holland loves that idea if Nik still wants another year.

*sigh*

At this point I’m absolutely 100% convinced Holland is leaving and genuinely isn’t really concerned about DET’s future because he knows he’s not going to be here.

Posted by Primis on 02/11/19 at 07:44 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

At this point I’m absolutely 100% convinced Holland is leaving and genuinely isn’t really concerned about DET’s future because he knows he’s not going to be here.

How do you figure? 

The article states Holland is not getting calls about him, then you went to talk about them giving Kronwall another contract so he can play 1000 games - all while HSJ says all signs point to 55 retiring.

Posted by TreKronor on 02/11/19 at 10:10 AM ET

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Posted by TreKronor on 02/11/19 at 10:10 AM ET

HSJ is fake news.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 02/12/19 at 12:42 AM ET

d ca's avatar

Trades are hard.

Posted by d ca on 02/12/19 at 02:45 AM ET

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