MLive's Ansar Khan reports that Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on his left knee this morning, where doctors found a lateral meniscus tear. Ken Holland anticipates that Kronwall's knee will be ready to go in time for Red Wings training camp to start September 18th in Traverse City.
Personally, I think this is fantastic news. The announcement last week that Kronwall's knee still felt weak and he didn't know why was a serious bit of concern. While no knee damage should really be considered "minor", what he has could have been a lot worse. This will probably slow down his turning and on-ice cutting for a bit, his mobility will remain good and the knee should be functional while he heals.
Kronwall's history of knee problems continues to grow and while it's hard to call news of another knee injury good news, it means that, unless another freak incident occurs with a large clod who doesn't belong on the ice, Kronwall should be able to give the Wings a fighting chance of playing a full hockey season for the first time in his Red Wings career.