As speculated yesterday, Red Wing and Team Sweden captain Henrik Zetterberg is indeed done for the rest of the Olympics after re-aggravating a herniated disc originally suffered earlier in the year. The injury for Zetterberg reportedly flared up once again in Sweden’s 4-2 Olympic opening win over the Czech Republic earlier in the week.
The loss is obviously a big time blow for Sweden who not only loses their captain but an excellent two way player and a guy that can step up tremendously in big games. But as devastating of an injury it is for Sweden it could be even more so for the Detroit Red Wings.
The 33-year old Zetterberg has been dealing with this specific injury throughout the entire season and it’s possible according to the Team Sweden doctor Bjorn Waldeback that he could also be done for the entire NHL season as well (via the Detroit News).
“They have to make a decision over there and then see, but if it stays like this that will be the case,” Waldeback said in a candid moment utterly inconsistent with public comments on injuries in the NHL.
GM Ken Holland and head coach Mike Babcock, who are also in Sochi with Team Canada haven’t commented on the situation as Zetterberg makes his way back to Detroit for further evaluation by Red Wing doctors.
Meanwhile the Red Wings – who pay Zetterberg’s yearly salary – as well as the fans are left wondering whether or not he should’ve been playing in the Olympics at all given his health heading into the games.
Stepping in though for Zetterberg on Team Sweden is another Red Wing in Niklas Kronwall whose been named the new captain while another Wing in Daniel Alfredsson assumes the other alternate.