DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has reported that captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the 2016 World Cup of Hockey because of a knee injury sustained during off-ice training.
Holland said Zetterberg will get an MRI as soon as possible, and said he’s not sure if the forward will be ready for the start of training camp on September 23, which Zetterberg was originally slated to miss because of the World Cup.
Despite having to pull out of the World Cup of Hockey, which runs September 17 through October 1 in Toronto, Holland said he doesn't think the injury is especially significant, and expects Zetterberg to be ready for the Wings’ season opener on October 13 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Henrik called me to tell me he injured himself training, preparing for the World Cup and the upcoming season, off the ice," Holland told MLive.com. "He tried skating a couple times and made the decision he's not fit to play in the World Cup.
"He told me he's not sure if he'll be ready for the start of training camp. He needs to wait a couple of weeks to see how his knee heals. ... He's confident he'll be ready for the start of the season. He doesn't think it's significant, but we're going to do tests on him to be sure."
Zetterberg, who was named captain of Team Sweden, will be replaced by Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund. Zetterberg joins Niklas Kronwall as Swedish Red Wings who have withdrawn from the World Cup due to injury. Kronwall is forgoing the tournament because of knee soreness, but the Red Wings expect Kronwall to be ready for camp.
Zetterberg, who turns 36 on October 9 and has 836 points in 915 NHL games, has withdrawn from his second consecutive international competition. A back injury forced him out of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games after Team Sweden’s first game.