Reports: Zetterberg (back) to miss start of season

Detroit Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg remains unsure whether he will be able to play a 16th NHL season in 2018-19 because of an ailing back, but he will definitely not be ready for training camp or the start of the regular season.Zetterberg confirmed to multiple outlets Tuesday that lingering back pain will prevent him from starting the regular season with the Red Wings, telling the Detroit Free Press that he “will not be able to play from the start.””I will need more answers from doctors before I say I have played my last game,” Zetterberg said. “In my mind, I am hoping it can get solved.””I have not managed to work properly throughout the summer,” Zetterberg told Sweden’s Aftonbladet. “So, I will miss training camp and thus also the start of the season. Then we will have to wait and see. I’ll drive on with rehab here in Detroit now.”Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill has left the status of Detroit’s longtime star up to him and his doctors, with training camp scheduled for Sept. 14.”If he comes into camp and is in a spot where he’s not cleared, I wouldn’t plan on him for the rest of the year,” Blashill said Sunday, according to ESPN. “That would be my take because I don’t know how you go from not being able to train and then not cleared to all of a sudden being cleared.”Zetterberg, who turns 38 in October, told reporters at the end of the regular season in April that he would have to evaluate his health before deciding whether to retire.”I don’t want to think I have played my last game,” the left winger told the Free Press. “To me, it’s still early to say that. But obviously, I’ve been through this for the last few years, and I know it’s a thin line.”