Zetterberg Not Returning, Injuries, & Day One of Training CampSeptember 14, 2018
Day one of training camp didn’t start how many would have hoped. News of Henrik Zetterberg’s participation in this season was announced today. As a result of ongoing back issues, the 15-season veteran has decided to hang up his skates and will not be returning to professional hockey.
henrik Zetterberg will not return
Suffering a long-term back injury that has become degenerative, the Red Wings Captain has decided to not risk further damage. Zetterberg will officially be the 5th in team history to appear on the all-time points leader list with 960 career points. Zetterberg will likely retain the captain title and exercise Long Term Injury Reserve (LTIR) for the remainder of his Red Wings contract. By taking the LTIR route, Zetterberg’s full salary is not required and thereby, relieving the Red Wings of some cap space.
Though the news is devastating to the fanbase and the team, none feel it more than the captain himself. No athlete wants to succumb to injury. Being so close to the 1000 point mark, Zetterberg had a tough decision to make. Ultimately, his health and safety were the determining factors. Henrik’s leadership will be missed by all. In commemoration of his captain and long-time teammate, Niklas Kronwall wore the initials “HZ” on the back of his helmet.
Teams Looking Sharp
The first day of training camp went well for teams Howe, Delvecchio, and Lindsay. Each team was a mixed bunch of current roster Red Wings, prospects, and Griffins. Each team participated in hour-long drills with the Red Wings coaching staff. A red vs white scrimmage was held composed of teams Howe and Delvecchio in which team white won 5-1. Immediately following the final practice of the day for team Lindsay, the players participated in “60 Minutes of Hell” – a grueling off-ice conditioning workout.
All of the skaters looked strong and composed today. Getting over the first-day hump, they’ll hit the ice again tomorrow for a similar practice structure.
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Injuries and Other News
Grand Rapids Griffins defenseman, Brian Lashoff, did not participate in day one of the Detroit Red Wings Training Camp. According to Coach Brian Mahoney-Wilson, Lashoff tore his ACL while running this summer. Lashoff skated this morning on his own but will likely miss the first month of the season to fully recover.
Jared McIsaac, a Red Wings defensive prospect, also did not participate in today’s camp and will remain out for some time. Jared McIsaac underwent an MRI and will remain out for several weeks due to a shoulder injury sustained during the NHL Prospect Tournament.
Justin Abdelkader also did not participate and will likely remain away for the remainder of camp. Abdelkader immediately drove home this morning as his wife was in labor with their first child.