Henrik Zetterberg is done playing professional hockey, Red Wings GM says

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Ken Holland told reporters at Red Wings training camp in Traverse City on Friday that Zetterberg has chose to retire.

"I think he wants to play, but he can't", he said.

Prior to taking over the captaincy for Nicklas Lidstrom who retired in 2013, Zetterberg had 252 goals and 372 assists for 624 points, and he's had at least 68 points in his seven seasons since 2005.

There's still three years left on Zetterberg's contract, which carries a $6.083M cap hit.

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"He's a true professional". "It's definitely going to hurt not having him".

Zetterberg was a member of the elusive Triple Gold Club, winning Olympic and World Championship gold medals in 2006, and leading the Wings to a Stanley Cup title in 2008 while also being awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Since he is being placed on long term injury reserve, the Red Wings will get significant cap relief for a team in a salary crunch. In 2015, he was honored with the King Clancy Memorial Trophy, which recognizes a player's leadership and humanitarian efforts. Now that the team knows Henrik's plans they can move forward to perhaps make some more moves to improve their roster.

After 15 seasons in the NHL, Henrik Zetterberg is done.

Now, as this season's training camp gets underway, Zetterberg has decided he can not continue to play at this level. His absence will be felt. we're just not sure how badly.

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