Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has never fully recovered from the dirty hit by Georges Laraque that forced him to miss a huge portion of last season, and he may need a knee scoping to find out what’s going on:â†µ
"They suggested we do a minor scope to explore, to look and see what’s going on,’’ (Wings GM Ken)Holland said.â†µ
"It’s minor, nothing major. He started to skate three weeks ago and felt some discomfort. It’s not the same as last year, it’s in a different location. So it’s a little confusing.’’â†µ
Kronwall missed 30 games initially because of the injury, then an additional four later on in the season. Laraque was suspended five games for the hit and has since retired from hockey.â†µ
If surgery is needed, it’s unlikely Kronwall will make the start of training camp, which begins Sept. 18 in Traverse City.â†µ
UPDATE BY SEAN: Kronwall had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. Barring a setback, he should be ready to skate when training camp begins, although it isn't known if he will "go full out."