DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall
will undergo surgery on his left knee and will be out four-to-six months, general manger Ken Holland said Friday.
Kronwall, 24, was injured when Colorado's Dan Hinote hip-checked him along the boards in an exhibition game Tuesday night. Holland said Dr. William Clancy will perform the surgery in Aspen, Colo., after the swelling in Kronwall's knee goes down in two or three weeks. Clancy examined Kronwall on Friday.
Kronwall was slated to be one of Detroit's top four defencemen this season. The Red Wings open the season Wednesday at home against St. Louis.
Kronwall appeared in 20 games for the Red Wings in 2003-04, scoring one goal and four assists before he broke a leg. The six-foot, 195-pound Kronwall was voted the American Hockey League's top defenceman last season during the NHL lockout. Detroit drafted the native of Sweden in the first round in 2000.