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by Paul on 09/04/14 at 03:55 PM ET
Updated 2x at 5:25 PM: from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
"That part of the back is healed," Zetterberg said Thursday, after an informal practice with several teammates at Joe Louis Arena. "I feel good. I can do everything on the ice and in the weight room. I had a really good summer, workout-wise, so I look forward to seeing what results that will give me.
"It's nice to come in and feel good and not think about (his back) and just go out and play hockey."
He is confident he won't have any more issues with that disc....
"I think they took away all of the loose pieces that they could in that area, so that's healed," Zetterberg said. "I have no issues with it now so it shouldn't be a problem."
more from Zetterberg...
Update: Zetterberg also discussed his excitement about being healthy again ina conversation with the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan:
"I'm real excited to get back at it here," said Zetterberg, who was limited to 45 regular-season games and the last two of the playoffs. "I feel good. It's been a good summer of rehabbing and off ice workouts. Last year wasn't my first year I had issues with my back. It came to the point I had to have surgery. It's been on and off for the last few years. I'm good to come in and not think about (my back) and just play hockey."
When the Red Wings begin training camp, Zetterberg will take part in every practice and scrimmage, won't be held back from any activity and will be counting the minutes until the Oct. 9 season opener.
"I haven't played a (regular season) game since February," said Zetterberg, who did return for the final two games of the Boston first-round playoff series. "I looked forward to skating (this summer) and skated with my (former) team in Sweden for two weeks before I came here. Unfortunately, camp is later this year. (I'm) really looking forward to get back at it."
Update #2: Zetterberg also spoke with DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose...
Zetterberg missed the last half of the 2013-14 season, though he returned in time to play in the final two games of the playoff-opening series against the Boston Bruins. Though he wasn’t at 100 percent, Zetterberg still produced a goal and two points with limited mobility.
“My back was good (but) I had some issues,” he said. “The nerve was a little too slow to come back, but obviously I was happy to be back.”
...“Hopefully this year we can stay healthy and play with a team that we want to play with. We haven’t made a lot of changes. I don’t see that as a bad thing,” he said. “We have a good group in here. We just have to keep it together and stay healthy. If you look at last year, there weren’t a lot of games where we had a full lineup. Hopefully if we have that this year we will see improvement.”
Babcock made some comments to Roose about Zetterberg, too...
"Zetterberg is feeling great and Datsyuk is feeling great and Darren Helm,” coach Mike Babcock said. “Helmer is feeling as good as he has felt, so that’s a big deal for us. That’s three centers for us, whether we move Helmer to the wing or not I don’t know the answer to that because we got (Riley) Sheahan and (Luke) Glendening and Andy (Joakim Andersson), we got all these centers. Someone’s playing on the wing.”
And MLive's Ansar Khan posted a video of Zetterberg speaking to the press:
Quick edit: Ditto for the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness:
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