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What Will Niklas Kronwall Do?

At this point in time, we have not heard much about Kronwall deciding to retire or play for one more season.

No news from the North America media and I just did a scan of the Swedish papers and no mention at all.

For reference, Ken Holland announced on September 14, 2018 that Henrik Zetterberg will no longer play due to back issues.

So what do you think, will Niklas Kronwall return for one more season or announce his retirement?

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George Malik's avatar

I’ve been scanning the Swedish papers daily for the past three months, and the most information I found came from the Patrik Nemeth article on HockeyNews.se today—simply that the Red Wings want to re-sign Kronwall, who hasn’t made up his mind.

There have been no interviews with Kronwall, not even at his All-Star game to raise money for his youth team in Stockholm, and I’m not sure we’re going to hear anything until training camp approaches because it appears that he’s asked the Swedish press for space, and that’s what they’re giving him.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 08/19/19 at 12:40 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Thanks George.

So we wait.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/19/19 at 12:41 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Thanks, G.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 08/19/19 at 01:47 PM ET

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In seriousness, though:

Mad respect to Kronwall for all he’s done for the team, but it’s been apparent he’s been running on fumes for a while now.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 08/19/19 at 02:06 PM ET

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If you looked at his Games Played column, the guy has been a machine for about a decade.  The only two seasons he really missed any considerable time was 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. 

My guess it he wants to play and intends to play, but he’s going to wait until the last couple weeks for his body to tell him if he can’t do it.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/19/19 at 02:29 PM ET

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I’m sorta thinking that if he was planning to return, he would have said so by now.

Posted by RyanVM on 08/19/19 at 03:42 PM ET

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Kronwell has been excellent player for years, we need his spot. Ericsson played alongside Lindstrom and never really picked up Lidstom’s quality playing style, thus said, not sure how much players will pick up from Kronwell. More important to play our young talent.

Posted by stateofmifan on 08/19/19 at 05:03 PM ET

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I’m leaning on him playing one more season. Team isn’t going anywhere this upcoming season, so why not? confused

Posted by bigfrog on 08/19/19 at 10:51 PM ET

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Pure guess.

But it takes so much training and therapy for a guy Kronner’s age
and with a severe chronic knee issue to strengthen, etc.
that silence “feels” more like he’s making sure he has no final misgivings
about hanging them up and is, along with anyone who’s spoken with him about this,
waiting for the appropriate time to announce.

Wouldn’t bother me if he wanted to play another season.

Who knows how many games the team’s three pending UFAs
on D will even be able to play.

This is a season where it isn’t really make or break either way.
I guess that means I just support whatever Kronner decides.

Posted by lefty.30 on 08/19/19 at 11:06 PM ET

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Team isn’t going anywhere this upcoming season, so why not?

Because it would set back the development of the rebuilding D.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/20/19 at 08:33 AM ET

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Because it would set back the development of the rebuilding D.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/20/19 at 08:33 AM ET

Next year when Kronwall, Ericsson, Green and Daly are gone: “man we don’t have any young Dmen with NHL experience, why didn’t they let them get their feet wet when they knew they weren’t going to win?!?”

Posted by MZ2215 on 08/20/19 at 09:58 AM ET

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Because it would set back the development of the rebuilding D.

With all of the unpreventable injuries, the Red Wings will still require experience. With that situation the younger defense men should still see increased ice time.  smile

Posted by bigfrog on 08/20/19 at 06:44 PM ET

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With all of the unpreventable injuries, the Red Wings will still require experience.

Kronwall missed six games over the last two years.

As for experience, without Kronwall they have a D corps that include a 27 year old, a 29 year old, a 33 year old and two 35 year old.

Jesus, how much experience does a rebuilding team need????

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 08/21/19 at 08:47 AM ET

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True on Kronwall, but the other defense men had injuries and lost extended time last season.  confused

Posted by bigfrog on 08/21/19 at 11:39 AM ET

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