ST. LOUIS -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall left Tuesday's game after being checked from behind head-first into the boards by St. Louis forward Chris Stewart.
Kronwall laid motionless on the ice for a few seconds before behind helped off by the trainer. No word yet on his condition.
Kronwall was already less than 100 percent before the injury and figures to miss some playing time, The Stockholm, Sweden native scored four goals and seven points prior to getting hurt.
DET signs defenceman Nicklas Kronwall to a seven-year contract extension with an annual cap hit of $4.75M.
Kronwall is now signed with the Red Wings through age 38. In long-term leagues he remains the successor to Hall-of-Fame defender Niklas Lidstrom. He should be owned in 100 percent of fantasy hockey leagues.
The 30-year-old Kronwall has already been given a bigger role on the ice. Lidstrom’s not getting any younger, and Kronwall will again be expected to take on more ice-time, which he began to do last season.
Kronwall is expected to lead the team in ice time and almost has, playing roughly a minute less than Ian White and Nicklas Lidstrom. Expect the Stockholm, Sweden native to score around 10 goals and 40 points with a tidy plus/minus and a few PP.
With Brian Rafalski retiring in the offseason and Nicklas Lidstrom entering potentially his final season, Kronwall’s value has never been higher.
With Nicklas Lidstrom also pondering retirement, Kronwall's becomes an even more important cog in the Red Wings's system. Last season he scored 11 goals and 37 points in 77 games. Look for him to top those stats this season.