February 11, 2019 | 10:31am ET
WINGS GM WON’T TRADE KRONWALL
Niklas Kronwall, defenceman
Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland has made it clear he does not plan on trading veteran defenceman Niklas Kronwall ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
Holland confirmed as much to The Detroit News, as the 38-year-old blueliner is likely skating in his final season in the NHL.
“I’m not calling teams about him,” Holland told the newspaper. “He’s been here a long time, he’s won a Stanley Cup. He’s important as a leader on this team.”
Kronwall, who won the Stanley Cup with the Wings in 2008, is in the final-year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He’s spent his entire NHL career with Detroit and it seems, based on the recent conversation he had with Holland, he’ll play out the season with the Wings.
“We have young players in that room, and Nik is the type of leader, or role model, they can see how a pro does it,” Holland said. “You need veterans like that to show the way.”
Holland is working the lines, though, about the team’s other players. Pending unrestricted free agents Jimmy Howard, Gustav Nyquist, Thomas Vanek, Martin Frk and Nick Jensen could all be moved ahead of the deadline.
Howard and Nyquist are among the players on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.
“It’s my job to work the phones, and I will continue to work the phones,” Holland said. “You have to see what’s out there. But I’m not calling teams about (Kronwall).”