Henrik Zetterberg's NHL career over due to back injury – Yahoo Sports

After months of speculation, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland made it official on Friday: Henrik Zetterberg‘s playing career is over.

A degenerative back issue is causing the 37-year-old Zetterberg stop playing, a big announcement to make as the Red Wings opened their 2018 training camp. Holland said that doctors in New York who were consulted on the issue said there’s no treatment that would allow him to continue playing.

“I think he wants to play, but he can’t,” he said.

Zetterberg, the 210th pick in the 1999 NHL Draft, was unable to train this summer and Holland said last month that the Red Wings captain was unable to practice during the final two months of the 2017-18 season — he only played games.

“It is emotional,” Zetterberg via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. “It’s been 15 years here and even though I knew that I was on my last couple years, I wish that I could play a little bit longer.”

There’s still three years left on Zetterberg’s contract, which carries a $6.083M cap hit. He’s not going to officially retire, of course; that would mean forfeiting the remaining $5.35M owed to him through the 2020-21 season. The Red Wings will get some cap relief by placing him on long-term injury reserve, as CapFriendly notes.

Our assumption is #Detroit will attempt to build a roster that will take them roughly $3.9M above the ceiling. They will then place Frazen on off-season LTIR

They can then place Zetterberg on in-season LTIR day 1 of the season, giving them an additional $6,083,333 in cap relief.

— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) September 14, 2018

The 37-year-old Zetterberg broke in with the Red Wings during the 2002-03 season and was named captain of the franchise in Jan. 2013 after Nicklas Lidstrom retired. He

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