Niklas Kronwall is a pending unrestricted free agent still playing solid hockey at age 38 and even though the Detroit Red Wings are in a position to be sellers ahead of the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, the Swedish defenceman has no interest in being dealt.
“He doesn’t have a complete no-move [clause] and the feeling is right now that [Red Wings GM] Ken Holland will respect his wishes unless of course he gets an offer that he can’t refuse and maybe he takes it to [Kronwall],” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported Saturday during the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada.
Kronwall, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Red Wings, has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to submit 10 teams to which he’s willing to be moved, according to CapFriendly.
Kypreos suggested it’s more likely we start hearing talks of a Kronwall contract extension as opposed to a possible trade.
Prior to the season, Kronwall said the 2018-19 campaign could be his last.
“If this happens to be the end of the road, I would be more than happy with the journey that I’ve had,” Kronwall told NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger. “And more than thankful to the Ilitch family and Kenny Holland for giving me the opportunity that I have for being able to be with the same team for my entire career. I’ve been fortunate enough to play in Detroit all these years and I have a tough time seeing myself in a different jersey.”