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Niklas Kronwall | Defenseman

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 1/12/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 194
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The Detroit Red Wings are looking to add a physical defenseman to their roster.
The Wings would like to add someone who can take some of the physical responsibility away from Niklas Kronwall. Detroit has several young defensemen in their system, but none of them have a physical edge to their game. Earlier today, it was reported that the Wings and Leafs were discussing a potential trade deadline deal that would have seen Dion Phaneuf go to Detroit, but it fell through. It will be interesting to see if the two teams will re-visit this idea or if Detroit will look elsewhere for a tough defender. Jun 14 - 11:06 PM

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Niklas Kronwall believes that the 2014-15 season was "wasted" by the Red Wings.

"It's another wasted year, almost," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Any way you look at it, you want to be standing there in June — especially going out like this. This year, I definitely thought that we had the pieces, and it felt like we were getting better and better, playing some good hockey, did a lot of good things. It's a lot tougher to take when you feel like you should be playing right now." The elimination must hurt even more for Kronwall because he was suspended for the final game of the Red Wings' season.
May 3 - 10:27 AM

Detroit GM Ken Holland kept his reaction brief to the news that Niklas Kronwall had been suspended for Game 7.

"I disagree with the decision is my only comment," he said. Kronwall was banned for one game for charging Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov. He has logged more than 23 minutes in five of the six games and he's chipped in two power-play assists in the past two contests. Kronwall's absence leaves a big hole on Detroit's back end going into the most important game of the year against the Lightning.
Apr 29 - 10:49 AM

The Department of Player Safety has suspended Niklas Kronwall for Game Seven against Tampa Bay on Wednesday night for his charging forearm to the face of Nikita Kucherov.

DoPS head Stephane Quintal explained that the hit was different than Kronwall's usual big hits because he went airborne prior to contact, and drove his forearm squarely into Kucherov's face. In addition, Kronwall was not penalized for the play in-game, prompting supplemental discipline. The decision isn't without confusion in comparison to some of the hits Tom Wilson, Kris Russell, and Dustin Byfuglien, among others, laid out previously however. All that aside, Detroit is left to choose between rookie Alexey Marchenko and young veteran Jakub Kindl who have 20 games and five points (all by Kindl) of playoff experience between them. Should this be the end of the line for Kronwall and the Red Wings, he will have finished the playoffs with two points, four PIMs, seven blocks, and 10 hits over five games.
Apr 28 - 7:02 PM

Niklas Kronwall will have a hearing with the league on Tuesday afternoon for his hit on Nikita Kucherov.

Changes can be made upon review, but supplemental discipline is being looked at based on charging/illegal check to the head. Kronwall wasn't given a penalty on the play and Kucherov appears to have avoided injury as well.
Apr 28 - 10:43 AM

Niklas Kronwall's hit on Nikita Kucherov may get a look from the league.

He wasn't penalized on the play and Kucherov didn't appear to be hurt, but he appeared to leave his feet and he delivered an elbow or forearm to Kucherov's chin. We'll see if the NHL decides to allow him to play in Game 7 on Wednesday.
Apr 28 - 9:29 AM

Niklas Kronwall believes his team was better in game two than they were in game one.

The Wings won game one and were blown out in game two, but the only reason this series is tied is because of goaltender Petr Mrazek's performance in the first game. "I know it might be hard to believe if you're simply looking at the stat sheet," said defenseman Niklas Kronwall, "but I thought we executed overall a lot better in this game than we did in Game 1." Detroit will have to perform better than they did in the first two games of this series or they probably won't be advancing to the next round.
Apr 19 - 10:15 AM

Updating an earlier item, Niklas Kronwall will indeed be scratched against Carolina on Saturday night.

Through 80 games this season, Kronwall posted nine goals and 44 points with 90 hits and 105 blocks. Pretty darn good for the 34 year old defender. Alexey Marchenko will his place and skate to the right of Danny DeKeyser.
Apr 11 - 6:31 PM

Niklas Krownwall could take Saturday's game against Carolina off.

The Wings are already in the post-season and could opt to rest the workhorse defenseman in favour of Alexey Marchenko who was just called up from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Friday.
Apr 11 - 9:45 AM

Niklas Kronwall registered a goal in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders.

He tied the game at 3-3 just before the midway mark of the first period. Kronwall has nine goals and 42 points 74 games.
Mar 30 - 10:28 AM

Niklas Kronwall (lower body) will suit up in Thursday's game against San Jose.

He didn't play on Tuesday night because of a lower-body injury, but he's ready to return. Kronwall has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this campaign. He leads the team in average ice time per game at 23:45.
Mar 26 - 3:07 PM

Niklas Kronwall (lower body) might be back in the lineup on Thursday.

Kronwall was a last minute scratch Tuesday night due to the ailment. He has eight goals and 40 points in 71 games this season. If he is able to return, then Jakub Kindl will likely head to the press box.
Mar 25 - 3:28 PM

Niklas Kronwall was made a late scratch against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday night due to a lower body injury, Jakub Kindl has taken his place.

Through 71 games this season Kronwall has posted eight goals, 40 points, 81 hits, and 96 blocks this season maintaining his position as a top fantasy defender in nearly every format. Kindl meanwhile has posted 11 points, 20 PIMs, 24 blocks, and 28 hits through 33 sporadic games this season.
Mar 24 - 7:30 PM

Niklas Kronwall learned a lot from Nicklas Lidstrom.

"Kronner, you could see him watching Nick (Lidstrom), just taking in a lot of the same characteristics of how Nick carried himself, the way he was with the younger guys," said Kris Draper, who was a former teammate and serves special assistant to the general manager. "I think Kronner's even gone above and beyond that with the way he's done it." He's part of Detroit's leadership group and leads the team on the back end. Kronwall has registered 39 points, 96 blocks and 76 hits in 68 games. The 34-year-old defender has averaged 23:44 of ice time per contest this season.
Mar 19 - 10:43 AM

Niklas Kronwall factored into the Detroit Red Wings' 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Saturday.

Kronwall generated assists on the game-tying and game-winning goals, including Alexey Marchenko's first career NHL tally. Kronwall now has 37 points on the season, including 30 helpers.
Feb 28 - 6:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Brad Richards
3Riley Sheahan
4Darren Helm
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Teemu Pulkkinen
4Drew Miller
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Justin Abdelkader
3Johan Franzen
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
6Landon Ferraro
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Mike Green
3Danny DeKeyser
4Kyle Quincey
5Brendan Smith
6Jonathan Ericsson
7Jakub Kindl
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek