15 year veteran defenseman Niklas Kronwall (pictured) announced his retirement from the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday morning.


Niklas had been considering retirement all offseason, he was an unrestricted free agent after last season.  He had numerous injuries that hindered his effectiveness later in his career.

This move leaves eight defensemen under contract for the upcoming season (Mike Green, Jonathan Ericsson, Danny DeKeyser, Filip Hronek, Trevor Daley, Madison Bowey, Dennis Cholowski, Patrik Nemeth).  The Red Wings begin their 2019-20 season next month.