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by George Malik on 02/14/14 at 02:35 AM ET
Updated 4x at 1:55 AM: Well, a few minutes ago, the news broke that Henrik Zetterberg would not be playing in today's game against Switzerland (7:30 AM, NBCSN/TSN), and now...Well, this is good news for Red Wings fans and bad news for Sweden. I think, per Aftonbladet's Hans Abrahamsson:
Raw translation: "Zetterberg has finished playing in the Olympics. Management confirms it now. [Coach Par] Mårts, [Swedish Ice Hockey Federation president Tommy] Boustedt and [team physician Bjorn] Waldebäck press conference now. Which setback."
At least he can rest until the Wings resume play on February 26th? Hopefully?
Quickie update: Aftonbladet is also reporting that Zetterberg will return to Detroit...
Update #2: Expressen's Mattias Ek reports that Niklas Kronwall will wear the "C" for Sweden and Daniel Alfredsson will don an "A":
Henrik Zetterberg misses then the rest of the Olympics. The squad is informed in a moment. Niklas Kronwall new team captain. Daniel Alfredsson gets assistant.
Update #3: You can take this for what you will:
@ BjurmanPer've talked with Zetterberg: "He can barely move"
It sounds like he's already flown home, too (in January, Zetterberg told Expressen that he thinks he and Emma will probably stay in Detroit after he's done playing hockey):
Henrik Zetterberg's NHL season may also be in danger. "If this situation persists, it is so," says Dr. Björn Waldebäck.
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