March 4, 2019 | 9:40pm ET



Niklas Kronwall, defenceman


The Detroit Red Wings respected the wishes of Niklas Kronwall and told teams leading up to the trade deadline that he was not up for grabs.

While teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals were believed to have interest, Red Wings GM Ken Holland turned their interest aside.

Kronwall, 38, is in the final his of his contract, and 15th season with the Red Wings, and did not want to move.

“It’s flattering (that other teams expressed interest); I didn’t really see that happening,” Kronwall told The Detroit News. “Definitely flattering. But I had a conversation with Kenny a few weeks ago and he asked me how I felt and I told him where I stood and how I felt.

“I told him this means – this is more to me than just hockey – being part of the Red Wings for all these years. It’s something few people get the chance to be part of and I’m extremely grateful for that chance.”

According to The News, Kronwall hasn’t made a decision as to whether or not he’ll continue his playing career with Detroit after this season.

He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and could hang up his skates if he feels his days have come to an end.