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Tire-Kicking Calls Being Made But Not About Niklas Kronwall

02/11/2019 at 7:14am EST

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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