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Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman gives thoughts on Niklas Kronwall’s future

Feb 19, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) moves the puck in front of goalie Petr Mrazek (34) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. Detroit won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

As the Detroit Red Wings continue to look towards the 2019 regular season, defenseman Niklas Kronwall’s future remains in limbo.

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Red Wings’ GM Steve Yzerman was recently asked if he has heard from Kronwall regarding whether he will retire or return for another season.

From NHL.com

“He’s going to take some time. We’ll get a decision from him one way or the other. I’m in no rush. I’m not putting any pressure on him or feel the need to put undue pressure on him. Take all the time that you want and make a decision. We’re prepared. At this time, we can plan moving forward with him and without him. Free agency starts July 1, and I don’t know if free agency even has an impact on whether he stays or not. We still have got to do what we’ve got to do. Obviously, there’s cap space and a roster spot to consider, but we’ve got plenty of time to do that. We’ll just wait and when [Kronwall’s] comfortable announcing any decision, he’ll let us know. I thought he played well last year. On and off the ice he’d be a welcome addition back.”

During the 2018-2019 season, Kronwall scored three goals and dished out 24 assists in 79 games played with the Wings.

At 38 years of age, Kronwall is currently an unrestricted free agent.

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