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Henrik Zetterberg’s Status Is Unknown For The Upcoming Season

from Josh Beneteau of Sportsnet,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland is still unsure if captain Henrik Zetterberg will be healthy enough to play next season.

“I am anxious to know where Henrik Zetterberg is at,” Holland said Friday. “Certainly he’s a bit of an unknown in terms of health.”

Zetterberg, who will turn 38 in October, hasn’t missed a game in any of the past three seasons, but lingering back issues have put his availability in doubt. In a late July interview, head coach Jeff Blashill revealed that Zetterberg didn’t practice at all during the second half of the season because of his back problems.

“At this point, I haven’t heard anything from Henrik to say that he is or is not playing,” Blashill said. “The biggest thing with Henrik is, how healthy is Henrik? I know he spent the whole second half of last season not practicing because of his back. He ground it out because he is the ultimate warrior, one of the best I have ever been around, and was able to still be a real good player.

“But that continues to take a wear and tear on your body.”

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“I am anxious to know where Henrik Zetterberg is at,” Holland said Friday. “Certainly he’s a bit of an unknown in terms of health.”

Me too. Maybe we should ask someone who would be in the know. Like maybe the GM of the team?

Oh.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/10/18 at 12:08 PM ET

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Zetterberg has three years left on his contract, which carries a $6.083 million annual cap hit. If he is unable to play, the Wings can gain salary cap relief by placing him on long-term injured reserve.

Dylan Larkin, who signed a five-year deal Friday, has been vocal about the impact Zetterberg has had on his career.

“He has to look after his health and his future,” Larkin said. “I know he has played through a lot of pain in his career. He has done so much for our team and the city. He is going to help our team no matter what, if he’s playing with one leg.

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/10/18 at 12:12 PM ET

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You could see the pain in his face most games near the end there.  I felt bad for the guy but have mad respect.  I don’t think anyone would fault him if he decided to hang up the skates.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Somewhere West of Detroit on 08/10/18 at 12:18 PM ET

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Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/10/18 at 01:08 PM ET

Seriously though, i really hope he’s just playing stupid.

Posted by MZ2215 on 08/10/18 at 12:49 PM ET

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Seriously though, i really hope he’s just playing stupid.

Posted by MZ2215 on 08/10/18 at 01:49 PM ET

Maybe Zetterberg truly doesn’t know yet, therefore Holland truly doesn’t know yet.

Posted by dreamsofhope from Colorado on 08/10/18 at 01:03 PM ET

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I think Z knows. But for the purpose of a cap relief he can’t announce his retirement now. Will be place on LTIR to get that cap relief.

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 08/10/18 at 01:18 PM ET

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Agreed PC, if not able to train at this point and at his age, all signs point to not playing.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/10/18 at 01:19 PM ET

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Dana Wakiji of the Wings’ website covers the Larkin signing and Zetterberg issue.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/10/18 at 01:33 PM ET

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Seriously though, i really hope he’s just playing stupid.

That’s what I always hope, but it so rarely is the case.

I guess we’ll see soon enough. If Zetterberg is going to play then they’re likely going to have to clear some space because as of now they have about $700k in cap space and two holes in the 23-man roster.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/10/18 at 01:45 PM ET

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In other news, just in case you don’t visit the KK Hockey section, Mark Hunter back with the London Knights.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/10/18 at 03:58 PM ET

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I heard Zetterberg is going dog sledding

Posted by bababooey on 08/10/18 at 04:58 PM ET

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Ultimately, this has to be an objective decision not an emotional one.  Z has been a rock over his tenure with the team, but everyone comes to the end of the line. if it appears at any point that he’s thinking about one last hurrah, let’s be 100% sure that he an still play and play effectively at this level.

Posted by WingDingy on 08/10/18 at 06:56 PM ET

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I think Z knows. But for the purpose of a cap relief he can’t announce his retirement now. Will be place on LTIR to get that cap relief.

This seems the most logical scenario for Zetterberg and the team. If so, it is the end of a great career. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 08/10/18 at 10:04 PM ET

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I’m sure he’d gut it out again if he were even somewhat better able to sustain
training.

But it’s got to be an awfully hard grind to give what he demands of himself
on a team clearly in transition at best.

It’s hard to respect a player more. Not big. Not that fast.
Has taken all kinds of physical abuse over his career and just
keeps his head up and keeps playing. My two favorite “detail” plays
are tying up Crosby’s stick at the side of the net when the Pens were
I believe on a 5 on 3 in the closing minute. And breaking up ice with the puck:
Niklas Hjalmarrson laid out beautifully to swipe the puck and Zetterberg without
breaking stride just causually lifted his stick and continued with the puck.

Some teams have captain controversies or strip guys of letters, etc.
Never, ever an issue in Detroit over so many seasons now.

Posted by Lefty30 on 08/11/18 at 05:39 AM ET

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