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September 14, 2018 05:49 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Career over
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (chronic back pain) is retiring, Ansar Khan of reports.

The announcement came from Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. Zetterberg had been dealing with chronic back pain this offseason and had made little progress in his recovery bid. As a result, the soon-to-be 38-year-old will hang up the skates for good (but will spend the 2018-19 season on LTIR). Zetterberg finishes his NHL career with 1,082 games played, tallying 960 points along the way and also winning a Stanley Cup in 2008. Detroit must now decide who its next captain will be, with Dylan Larkin's name being the first that comes to mind.

September 7, 2018 11:56 AM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Schedules appointment with back specialist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg will meet with the back specialist that performed surgery on the venerable forward in 2014, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.

While it's been reported ad nauseam that Zetterberg will miss all of training camp and the start of the 2018-19 season, the captain's teammates in Detroit are still holding out hope that Big Z will be able to find solutions to his chronic back trouble.

September 6, 2018 08:48 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Won't skate at training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (back) is unlikely to be on the ice for training camp, reports.

As of August 28, Zetterberg had been rehabbing, but not training because "the pain made it impossible." It looks doubtful the 37-year-old forward will be able to play Opening Night, given that he explained he "can't play NHL games without being well-prepared, especially not at my age." With that being said, Zetterberg is an extremely tough player who has logged full 82-game seasons the past three years, despite battling through the injury. Teammates remain hopeful their captain will be back this season.

August 28, 2018 08:08 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Will miss start of season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (back) said he will miss training camp and the start of the regular season, Chris Johnston of reports. "I have not been able to train and I can not play NHL matches without being well prepared, especially not at my age."

This news comes just two days after coach Jeff Blashill said Zetterberg could miss the entire 2018-19 campaign. The 37-year-old finally spoke up about how ill prepared he would be to hop back on the ice without properly training this summer. Zetterberg's stat line hasn't dropped with age, however, as he didn't miss a game over the last three seasons and racked up 41 goals and 174 points in that span. During his absence, Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen and Andreas Athanasiou will center the top three lines, respectively.

August 26, 2018 08:32 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Upcoming campaign in doubt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (back) likely won't be ready for the regular season and could miss the entire 2018-19 season, Ansar Khan of reports.

It appears more likely by the day that the 37-year-old will miss the entire upcoming season. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill also said that if Zetterberg is unable to suit up, Andreas Athanasiou will slot into the third-line center role behind Dylan Larkin and Frans Nielsen. Zetterberg's health situation is certainly something that will be closely monitored heading into training camp.

August 16, 2018 01:00 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Concerns about captain's health persist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg's (back) health remains a serious concern for the Red Wings ahead of training camp, The Detroit News reports.

Numerous reports have trickled in over the summer speculating that Zetterberg could possibly be lost for the season, and the latest news is anything but positive. "He's had a hard summer and I don't think his back is reacting great," head coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday. "Certainly we'll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there's a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play." If Zetterberg doesn't play, then 22-year Dylan Larkin -- who signed a five-year, $30 million extension earlier this month -- would open the season as the top-line center.

August 11, 2018 08:12 AM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Status quo regarding back issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Red Wings GM Ken Holland is unsure of Zetterberg's (back) health status, adding that more will be known in September, Ansar Khan of reports.

The Original Six club is reportedly $1 million over the salary cap with Dylan Larkin re-signed for five years at $6.1 million annually. Placing Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve to start the season would be an obvious way to save cap space against the upper limit, but training camp won't start for another month and everyone vested in Detroit's plans for the upcoming season will want to hear more from Big Z himself before hitting the panic button. There very well could be validity in these rumors or it could end up being an overblown concern; time will tell.

July 20, 2018 10:24 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Should be ready for training camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (back) is expected to be in training camp ahead of the 2018-19 season, reports.

Previous reports indicated that persistent back trouble could wipe out all of Zetterberg's campaign and possibly cause him to retire, but then again, there's been such little evidence to corroborate those rumors. For what it's worth, a July 10 report from the Detroit Free Press included a photograph of Zetterberg golfing in Scotland, suggesting that his hitting the links be viewed as "encouraging news."

July 7, 2018 08:16 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: In danger of missing season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg is dealing with a back issue and the Red Wings are not entirely confident that he will play in the upcoming season, reports.

Despite this development, we wouldn't think about making any sudden fantasy moves involving Big Z. The Red Wings captain told reporters after the season that he intends to play at least one more year, but if not, he'll reportedly go on long-term injured reserve to provide the club with more cap space. Speedster Dylan Larkin is expected to emerge as the chief leader of the Original Six club when Zetterberg -- who's considered one of the franchise's best players to ever hit the ice -- ultimately decides to call it a career.

June 6, 2018 11:36 AM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Has at least one more year in him
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg will play at least one more season, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Detroit's captain has three years remaining on a 12-year, $73 million contract extension that he signed in January of 2009, but Zetterberg had been non-committal regarding his return after the Wings were eliminated from playoff contention for the second straight season. A fierce competitor, 'Z' finished with 11 goals on 180 shots this past season for his weakest scoring output since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, though he did bag 45 apples to complement 18 power-play points to keep him relevant in the fantasy realm. Michigan native Dylan Larkin is the favorite to succeed Zetterberg as team captain when the latter is ready to hang up his skates for good.

April 7, 2018 09:57 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Finishes campaign with three-game point streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg scored a goal and added a power-play assist during Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders.

The veteran finished off the campaign with a goal and five assists during a three-game point streak. Zetterberg suited up for all 82 games for the third consecutive season, and his 11 tallies and 45 helpers were serviceable fantasy marks in deeper settings. However, his 6.1 shooting percentage tied his career-low mark, and he's probably not suited to log top minutes on a winning team anymore. While the 37-year-old forward is signed through the 2020-21 season at a $6,083,333 salary, it wouldn't be a complete shock if he didn't play out the pact.

April 4, 2018 01:24 AM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Picks up three assists Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg notched three assists, two of them on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets.

The 37-year-old isn't the offensive force he used to be -- his 10 career goals this season is a career low -- but Zetterberg has still scored at least 50 points in each of the last four seasons, and he's now passed Sergei Fedorov for fifth place on the Red Wings' all-time career points list.

March 13, 2018 02:53 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Notches two points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg tallied a goal and added an assist against the Sharks in a 5-3 loss Monday.

Though the 37-year-old has 36 assists in 69 games, which is plenty impressive for a player of his age, the Swede only has 10 goals. Though he's still playing a fair amount of minutes, he's averaged 19:46 per game in ice time, the production isn't quite what it was in his prime. However, at least he can still help fantasy owners on the power play. Hank has 15 points with the extra man.

February 24, 2018 11:28 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Positioned among franchise's top players
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg lit the lamp on the power play in Saturday's 3-1 home win over the Hurricanes. According to the Associated Press, the captain has tied Red Wings Hall of Famer Ted Lindsay for career goals at 335 apiece.

That's elite company for Zetterberg, who has proudly represented the Red Wings through the good times and the bad. As noted in this latest report, when it comes to Detroit legends, only Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Sergei Federov and Alex Delvecchio have more career goals than the 37-year-old Swede, who has three years left on a contract valued at $6.08 million annually.

February 18, 2018 10:40 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Finds back of net in loss to Buds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg deposited an even-strength goal in Sunday's 3-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs.

This was only the eighth goal of the season for Zetterberg, who entered the game with a paltry shooting percentage of 2.8 through the first 19 games this year. While the captain may be losing confidence in his shot, he does have 32 assists to keep him relevant in plenty of fantasy leagues.

February 11, 2018 11:16 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Sets up goal in narrow win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg recorded an assist Sunday, helping the Red Wings skate away with a 5-4 overtime road win over the Capitals.

The captain extended his point streak to three games with the second-period apple on an Anthony Mantha goal. Zetterberg needs just one more goal or helper for 40 points on the season, but with the way his season has gone -- only seven tallies on a career-low shooting percentage (6.0) -- fantasy owners shouldn't bet on him lightning the lamp for his next point. Still, the Swede could probably care less about personal accolades with the Red Wings in great danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight season.

February 9, 2018 11:52 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Goes off for four points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg chipped in a goal and three assists (one on the power play) to complement a plus-2 rating in Friday's 7-6 overtime road loss to the Islanders.

This was the second four-point performance for Zetterberg this season. Chopping through the Islanders zone has been an easy task for most teams since the injury bug has decimated New York's blueliners, including shot-blocking maven Calvin de Haan (shoulder), but credit Detroit's captain for playing far superior to John Tavares -- who wound up with a minus-4 rating despite notching a pair of helpers.

January 22, 2018 12:16 AM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Struggling to score
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg is operating with a career-low 5.8 shooting percentage this season.

Detroit's esteemed captain only has six goals on 104 shots, which leaves him in danger of finishing with 10 tallies or fewer for the first time in his career. With the Red Wings ranking 27th in total offense, the onus is on Big Z to start creating more opportunities for himself, but there should no be complaints about his 25 helpers on the year.

January 6, 2018 10:56 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Expected to be active Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg (undisclosed) missed practice Saturday, but he's still expected to be in the lineup against the Lightning on Sunday evening, reports.

Detroit's captain has compiled one goal and three helpers to complement a plus-3 rating over his team's four-game winning streak. His ailment -- whatever it might be -- isn't considered to be serious, and we fully expect the leader will do all he can to inflict damage on the league's top offensive team.

January 5, 2018 11:20 PM
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Unlocks assist milestone in home win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Zetterberg didn't record a shot in Friday's 4-2 win over the Panthers, though he managed to pick up his 600th career assist on the game's final goal.

One of the most well respected players the game has to offer, Zetterberg moved past Russian Alexei Kovalev for sole possession of 85th place among assist leaders in NHL history. Big Z hitting that milestone helped his fantasy owners only a little bit -- it was just an even-strength setup to Gustav Nyquist -- but the captain should be smiling from ear-to-ear knowing that his team is in the midst of a four-game winning streak ahead of a daunting matchup against the offensively charged Lightning on Sunday.

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Njurunda, Sweden
Detroit Red Wings

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2007-08: Conn Smythe-Playoff MVP