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It’s official, Henrik Zetterberg’s career is over

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich — Hank’s career is over. Today, general manager Ken Holland confirmed at Training Camp that Henrik Zetterberg’s back will sideline him from hockey for good.

This comes as little surprise to Red Wings fans, after a summer full of uncertainty as to whether he would play this season or not, the team will now be without perhaps their best offensive and defensive player.

The only positive to come out of this news is that it will open up a valuable roster spot, which means the team could get another injection of youth. Holland explains that further playing hockey could increase the chance of degeneration, which would lead to even bigger problems:

Zetterberg, a former 210th overall pick in 1999, tallied 960 points in 1,082 NHL games throughout his career. The 37-year-old has three years left on his contract, so that means the team will be taking the LTIRetirement path — much like they are with Johan Franzen.

This is a developing story, stick with WIIM for updates throughout the day.