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Kronwall says this season with Red Wings could be last in NHL

Kronwall says this season with Red Wings could be last in NHL
Published On: Sun, Aug 19
Apr 15, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of the game two of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Niklas Kronwall said this season could be his last in the NHL.

The Detroit Red Wings defenseman, 37, is entering the final season of a seven-year contract extension he signed Oct. 31, 2011, with an NHL salary cap charge of $4.75 million. He said there have been no talks with the Red Wings regarding an extension.

"If this happens to be the end of the road, I would be more than happy with the journey that I've had and more than thankful to the Ilitch family and (general manager) Kenny Holland for giving me the opportunity that I have for being able to be with the same team for my entire career," Kronwall, a veteran of 14 NHL seasons, said this week during the NHL European Player Media Tour. "We'll see what happens.

"I've been fortunate enough to play in Detroit all these years and I have a tough time seeing myself in a different jersey."

Kronwall, selected by the Red Wings in the first round (No. 29) of the 2000 NHL Draft, has 405 points (80 goals, 325 assists) in 874 NHL games, all with Detroit.A 

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