Henrik Zetterberg is done playing professional hockey, Red Wings GM says

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

Ken Holland told reporters at Red Wings training camp in Traverse City on Friday that Zetterberg has made a decision to retire.

Zetterberg was holding out hope he could return for a 16th season, but had already been ruled out of being ready for the start of the season.

Holland added that Zetterberg is not retiring, but will instead be placed on long-term injured reserve, according to NHL.com's Nick Cotsonika.

He has three years remaining on his contract with a cap hit of about $6.1 million per year.

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After 15 seasons in the NHL, Henrik Zetterberg is done.

"It actually started last season", Zetterberg told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. He labored through most of last season and wasn't able to practice for half the year, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said last month, but still managed to put up 56 points. He had 11 goals and 45 assists in 2017-18 as the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the second straight year. He has recorded at least 43 points in all 15 of his National Hockey League seasons and has 960 for his career, ranking fifth in Red Wings history.

It's unclear, at this point, who will assume the Red Wings' captaincy.

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