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Zetterberg says his back is healed, feeling good

Sep 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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If Detroit Red Wings fans are looking for some good news heading into the new season, captain Henrik Zetterberg has some.

The 33-year-old Swede told Ansar Khan of that the back issue that hampered him most of last season is healed and he’s ready to go.

“That part of the back is healed,” Zetterberg said Thursday. “I feel good. I can do everything on the ice and in the weight room. I had a really good summer, workout-wise, so I look forward to seeing what results that will give me. It’s nice to come in and feel good and not think about (his back) and just go out and play hockey.”

Zetterberg’s back limited him to 45 games last season and kept him from captaining Team Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

When he played, he was outstanding putting up 48 points with 16 goals in that time. His back kept him out of most of the Red Wings’ playoffs against the Boston Bruins as he played in just two out of the five games.

Safe to say the Red Wings don’t need more injury problems this season after going through so many last season. Zetterberg’s aching back staying healthy will go a long way to helping them out.

  1. 950003cups - Sep 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Age can be a tricky maze

  2. corpsman123 - Sep 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    This is great news. If his health can hold out the kids have a seasoned leader to learn from. One month and four days til Boston!

  3. tmoore4075 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Imagine him, Datsyuk and Weiss healthy for a full season, or close to it….This team could be much better than they were a year ago.

    • corpsman123 - Sep 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      I would say more Datsyuk than Weiss haha. Im going to stay horribly optimistic as well that Weiss will get his act together though.

      • polegojim - Sep 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

        Red Wings fans everywhere feel the same way about Weiss. 4 pts in 26 games… sheesh.

        So far, no return on investment. Time to earn your keep Stephen… 4 pts in 26 games doesn’t cut it.

        Younger kids making a fraction of his contract have had MUCH more impact. Meile had 2 pts in 7 games.

  4. Hockeyfan - Sep 5, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Gotta love to hear he is back if you are any kind of fan of the game. This is one tremendous player

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