Breaking: The worst is confirmed for Red Wings’ Zetterberg

GM Ken Holland drops a bomb! Ouch. Sorry, Wings fans.

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According to a report from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has confirmed that captain Henrik Zetterberg’s NHL career is over.

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Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Henrik Zetterberg is done playing hockey.

Red Wings insider Max Bultman of The Athletic has also confirmed Helene's report:

Henrik Zetterberg will he placed on Long Term IR, Ken Holland says. His back condition is degenerative and his career is over

No official word yet from Zetterberg or the Red Wings organization yet, but expect the team to scramble now that Holland himself has confirmed the news.

Zetterberg will likely be placed on long-term injury reserve for the duration of his career due to a debilitating back injury. The way in which the Red Wings manipulate Zetterberg’s condition to get around salary cap restrictions is similar to the way in which the team have dealt with the career ending brain injuries suffered by Johan Franzen.

With Zetterberg now officially done, a new chapter of Detroit Red Wings hockey begins. The Zetterberg/Datsyuk/Lidstrom era is now over… who steps up to take over leadership in the next era remains to be seen, but it’s likely that young stars like Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha and prospects Filip Zadina and Michael Rasmussen factor into the equation. Event still, while the future looks bright you just HAVE to feel for Wings fans on a day like today.

As for Zetterberg, he retires from the game with a remarkable 337 goals and 960 points in 1082 career regular season games, with an additional 57 goals and 120 points in 137 career playoff games. He’s a Stanley Cup champion and a member of the Triple Gold club, winning not only a Cup, but also an IIHF World Championship gold medal and Olympic gold medal. He was a fierce competitor and never backed down from a challenge. He was one of his generation’s greatest playoff performers, as evidenced by his dominating performance in 2008 that resulted not only in a Stanley Cup championship, but also MVP honours and a Conn Smythe Trophy victory. All the best, Z!