TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — Longtime Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over, general manager Ken Holland confirmed Friday morning.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Henrik Zetterberg is done playing hockey.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 14, 2018
The 37-year-old captain had been dealing with back issues for years. Even after showing improvement following surgery, it appears he won’t play hockey again.
He has three years left on his contract, with a cap hit of just over $6 million per year. The Red Wings will likely utilize long-term injured reserve to gain flexibility for the rest of his contract term.
Zetterberg, a former 210th overall pick in 1999, tallied 960 points in 1,082 NHL games throughout his career.
The Red Wings begin preseason next Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesar’s Arena.