Niklas Kronwall

Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings makes a glove save on a shot by Gabriel Bourque #57 of the Nashville Predators during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on April 17, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Nashville won the game 3-1 and lead the series 3-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Caputo: Three Players Who Hold The Biggest Key For The Red Wings This Season

Jimmy Howard, Goalie – He has had solid regular seasons, but Howard’s performance in the playoffs last season was disappointing in a first-round loss to Nashville. Howard has to be at the top of his game, especially now that all-time great defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom has retired.

97.1 The Ticket–01/08/2013

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Locked-Out NHL Players Hit The Ice For Charity Hockey Game

The NHLPA Charity Hockey Game will feature players including Todd Bertuzzi, Jimmy Howard, Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Steve Ott, James Neal, Keith Yandle, and Brenden Morrow.

CBS Detroit–11/21/2012

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Latvia gets Kronwalled!

This is why we love Niklas Kronwall, he just destroys everything in his wake.

97.1 The Ticket–05/16/2012

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 26: Goalie Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings watches as Patric Hornqvist #27 of the Nashville Predators tries to keep the puck away from Brad Stuart #23 and Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings at the Bridgestone Arena on December 26, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Kronwall Delivers Big Hit

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was recognized for his offensive abilities Monday, when he was named the NHL’s second star of the week after picking up seven points in three games.

97.1 The Ticket–03/07/2012

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Blues F Stewart Suspended 3 Games For Illegal Hit On Kronwall

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart has been suspended three games for shoving Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall into the boards from behind.

97.1 The Ticket–11/17/2011

DETROIT - MAY 6: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck while playing the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Red Wings, Kronwall Agree On 7-Yr, $33.25M Deal

The Detroit Red Wings have become the rarest of pro franchises by drafting, developing and keeping their players for more than a decade.

97.1 The Ticket–11/01/2011

DETROIT - MAY 6: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on while playing the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Detroit Locks Up Veteran Blue-Liner Through 2018-19 Season

Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced Monday that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Niklas Kronwall on a seven-year contract.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2011

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 4:  Derick Brassard #16 of the Columbus Blue Jackets squeezes between Jimmy Howard #35 and Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings on February 4, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Niklas Kronwall Signs 7-Year Extension With Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Niklas Kronwall to a 7-year contract worth an average of $4.75 million annually.

97.1 The Ticket–10/31/2011

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 4:  Jakub Voracek #93 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is tied up by Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings in a game on February 4, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings Notes And Quotes 9-23-11

Niklas Kronwall wants to finish his career with the Wings, and the club is hoping to sign him to a long-term extension this season, well before he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.

97.1 The Ticket–09/23/2011

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 4:  Jakub Voracek #93 of the Columbus Blue Jackets is tied up by Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings in a game on February 4, 2011 at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings Notes And Quotes 9-16-11

Niklas Kronwall has no interest in exploring the free-agent market in 2012 and hopes to sign a contract extension at some point this season.

97.1 The Ticket–09/16/2011

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