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September 3, 2019 11:04 AM
Niklas Kronwall: Calling it a career
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall announced Tuesday that he would end his playing career and join the Red Wings front office.

Kronwall spent 15 years in the NHL, all with the Red Wings, in which he racked up 83 goals and 349 assists in 953 contests. In addition to an Olympic gold medal for Sweden, the veteran defender helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2008. Not exactly a fantasy stud in the offensive zone, the first-round pick was a stalwart on the blue line that was critical to the club's record 25 straight postseason appearances. Kronwall will join former teammate Steve Yzerman in an Advisor to the General Manager role.

July 1, 2019 05:08 PM
Niklas Kronwall: Still mulling over future
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall has yet to decide on his playing future, per Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman, Ansar Khan of reports.

The 38-year-old Swede officially became an unrestricted free agent Monday, but he previously hinted that he wants to be a Red Wing for life, so if the tough-as-nails blueliner does decide to continue his career, expect another short-term deal with the Wings. He's posted 83 goals and 349 assists over 953 career contests.

March 31, 2019 10:52 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Collects two assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall notched two helpers, one on the power play, in a 6-3 win over the Bruins on Sunday.

Kronwall has five assists over his last six games, adding 11 blocked shots in that span. However, he hasn't fired a shot on goal since March 7. Obviously, it's hard to score if you can find the target. Kronwall is up to 26 points (three tallies, 23 helpers) in 76 outings.

March 10, 2019 12:20 AM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Four points in last four games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall delivered two assists Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Tampa Bay.

Kronwall has quietly put up four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four games. There's sneaky value in this old dude's stick. Check your wire.

March 6, 2019 10:28 AM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Brushes twine in tough loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall opened the scoring in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Avalanche.

Kronwall stayed put at the trade deadline, as he'll likely finish out his career with the Original Six club. The 38-year-old, with points in back-to-back games, has compiled three goals and 15 assists through 63 contests this season.

February 18, 2019 04:32 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Unlikely to be dealt
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall, who delivered a primary assist in Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Flyers, isn't on the trade block, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.

Kronwall's signed three contracts exclusively with Detroit over parts of 15 seasons, with the Swede's name having become synonymous with jarring hits. The Wings ideally would be resting him on occasion, knowing he's been playing with a permanently damaged left knee, but a host of injuries to other defensemen in Motown have scrapped such plans. As a result, Kronwall has appeared in 57 of a possible 60 games in 2018-19; an undisclosed injury delayed his season debut, though he's been a lineup mainstay ever since. Don't expect the 38-year-old to be traded since Kronwall has expressed interest in staying put, and GM Ken Holland values the leadership that the veteran brings to the table.

January 12, 2019 12:08 AM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Sets up man-advantage goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall registered a power-play assist in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Jets.

Kronwall was the primary distributor on rookie defenseman Dennis Cholowski's third-period snipe, but it was too little, too late for the Wings at that point in the game. Jets goalie Laurent Brossoit would preserve the lead and avoid an upset against a team that Kronwall's been on for all 15 years of his NHL career.

December 20, 2018 10:40 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Paces club with two-point effort
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall recorded a power-play goal and an assist to pace the Red Wings to a 4-1 road win over the Hurricanes on Thursday.

Kronwall helped the Wings snap a four-game losing streak with his man-advantage rocket shot from the point that found the back of the net, as well as a secondary even-strength apple on a deflected goal courtesy of forward Frans Nielsen. Even at 37 years of age, Kronwall can still handle more than 18 minutes of ice time, but he hasn't been much of a factor on the power play since his latest goal counts as his first point in that key special teams situation this season -- for perspective, he had 15 points in that spot in 2017-18.

November 23, 2018 12:32 AM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Not distracted by trade speculation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall hadn't entertained the thought of potentially being moved to a contending team for another chance at the Stanley Cup -- at least until Craig Custance of The Athletic asked him about it Monday.

Kronwall, 37, is cashing out the balance of a seven-year, $33.25 million contract. He's been with the Red Wings ever since they took him in the first round (29th overall) of the 2000 draft, and it would be strange to see him in any sweater other than the one with the Winged Wheel. Kronwall has three assists for his only points through 18 games this season, but with respect to his leadership qualities and status as a Stanley Cup winner (2008), the Swede still might appeal to certain clubs. There are only 10 teams eligible to acquire Kronwall in a trade, but it's entirely possible that he'll end up as a lifelong Wing.

October 31, 2018 10:08 AM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Finding offensive rhythm
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall provided a secondary assist in Tuesday's 5-3 road win over the Blue Jackets.

An undisclosed issue delayed Kronwall's season debut until the fourth game, and he went seven straight games without recording a point before delivering helpers in the last two. The 37-year-old defenseman is likely to retire after this season.

October 10, 2018 03:28 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Set for season debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) will make his season debut Thursday evening against the Maple Leafs, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports.

This was expected to be the case since the man himself said he'd be fit to play, but now there's confirmation on the matter. Kronwall managed to stay healthy last season, adding four goals and 23 assists. Long gone are his days of consistently delivering bell-ringing hits, but the Swede actually had 15 of his 27 points on the power play in 2017-18. Kronwall can still get it done in the attacking zone, making him a sneaky DFS play.

October 10, 2018 02:05 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Optimistic about return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) said he think he'll be fit to play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Kronwall missed the first three regular-season games, and the Wings really need the veteran blueliner in the lineup seeing as how the team is winless with four rookie d-men collectively trying to hold down the fort in his absence, as well as filling the void of the team's lone power-play quarterback in Mike Green (illness). It sounds like Kronwall will be good to go against the Buds by his own declaration, but risk-averse fantasy owners will want to see Kronwall take warmups before activating him.

October 6, 2018 06:08 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Ruled out for next two games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) will not suit up Sunday in Los Angeles or Monday in Anaheim, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.

With Kronwall missing the next two contests, the earliest he can return will be next Thursday at home against the Maple Leafs. Detroit's blue line is currently riddled with injuries, but it appears the team is playing it safe with the 37-year-old Swede.

October 5, 2018 02:05 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Nearing return to action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) is expected to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Kings or Monday's game against the Ducks, Ansar Khan of reports.

It appears the plan is to ease Kronwall back into action, so he'll likely only suit up for one of Detroit's back-to-back contests in California, although the Red Wings have yet to identify which one that will be. Another update on the veteran blueliner's status should surface prior to puck drop Sunday evening.

October 3, 2018 06:25 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Lands on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Detroit placed Kronwall (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, Ansar Khan of reports.

Kronwall won't be available for Thursday's season opener against Columbus, but if he's healthy, he'll be eligible to return Sunday against the Kings. With Kronwall in recovery mode, rookie Libor Sulak could get the call against the Blue Jackets.

October 2, 2018 03:41 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Misses latest skate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) was not available to skate Tuesday, Ansar Khan of reports.

Kronwall's availability for Thursday's season home opener versus the Blue Jackets appears to be in serious doubt. Rosters are due from NHL clubs by 5 p.m. Tuesday, at which point it'll become more clear which prospects could get the call in the wake of injuries to Kronwall, Mike Green (illness), Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and Trevor Daley (lower body).

September 30, 2018 01:17 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: No lock for Opening Night
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall (undisclosed) is questionable for Thursday's home opener against the Blue Jackets, Ansar Khan of reports.

Kronwall reportedly "tweaked an injury," but we're waiting for the exact nature of the issue. The veteran played through a permanently damaged left knee last season, even going so far as trying stem cell treatment to advance his career. Due to a rash of late-preseason setbacks for some of Detroit's more established blueliners, including Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson (upper body) and Mike Green (illness), expect the Original Six club to rely on prospects like Libor Sulak, Joe Hicketts, and possibly even Filip Hronek to open the 2018-19 campaign.

September 23, 2018 12:02 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Primary distributor on man-advantage goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall set up Filip Zadina on the power play for the rookie's first career (preseason) goal Friday. The Red Wings defeated the Bruins at home, 4-3 in overtime.

Zadina blasted a one-timer from the slot that brushed twine and Kronwall was credited with the primary apple. This should be the final season for the Swede, who's always going to be remembered for the bone-crushing hits that he delivered in his prime.

August 24, 2018 10:56 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Unlikely to be available for back-to-back games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall could be rested on the second game of back-to-back sets this coming season, reports.

The Red Wings reportedly have 13 back-to-back sequences on the docket this year, meaning the 37-year-old has virtually no chance of matching his 79-game output from 2017-18. Kronwall managed four goals and 23 assists to stay fantasy relevant in deeper settings last year but the Swede has had to rely on stem cell treatment and the club has been wanting to cut his playing time for a while. In the final year of his contract with a heavy cap hit of $4.75 million, this campaign should be the curtain call for the man who's been a fan favorite in Motown for his bone-crushing hits and playmaking acumen.

August 20, 2018 12:25 PM
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Potentially entering last season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kronwall acknowledged that 2018-19 could be his last season in the NHL, Sportnet reports.

After 14 seasons at the NHL level, Kronwall is entering the final season on his seven-year contract with Detroit. While there have been no discussions regarding an extension, Kronwall stated that he had been "fortunate enough to play in Detroit all these years" and that he has a "tough time" seeing himself "in a different jersey." Considering the rebuilding nature of the Red Wings organization, a departure for the 37-year-old defenseman appears to be approaching.

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